#SOL23: #OLW

Visuals bombard my life. I see so many images that I don’t do a very good job sourcing them. As 2022 was winding down, I spent some time in Orlando, Florida with most of my family. I spent time being “patient” as well as time being “impatient”. But I also took time to reflect on the word I had settled on about mid-December. Would it WORK? My test drive included these visuals from Facebook friends.

…Take the step.

Do it!

“…Be that one today.”

Make a difference.

Words matter.

Whether it’s the single right word or the accumulation of many words in a post, words matter!

Many folks have a rich history of choosing a word to be the focus for the year. A word that can be a part of personal reflection as time passes. “Am I meeting my expectations?” So here’s a look at my words from the past.

One Little Words (#OLW)

  • 2014    Transfer
  • 2015     Focus
  • 2016    Joyful
  • 2017    Brave
  • 2018    Curious
  • 2019    Celebrate
  • 2020 Envision
  • 2021 Willing
  • 2022 Be Patient

As I tested out several words and definitions, I was very cognizant of the fact that 2023 is going to require many actions. I’m writing to legislators about school funding. I’m a part of a 30-day writing challenge. I’m ready to develop my writing muscles to increase the effectiveness of my communications. And then there was the pressure of choosing a word for my TENTH #OLW.

It’s time.

It’s time to ACT.

ACT = 2023 OLW.

What is your #OLW? How do/did you know it was “the right word” for you?


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5 responses

  1. What a wonderful word—and right in front of you ONE little word—yes, words do matter, their being chose and their order (I think Coleridge said that about poetry, but it’s always true. You don’t credit the “One…”list poem. Is it yours? I love every line, the closing naturally, but that idea of the start that “one” makes possible. Thanks for this today. I’m glad it’s one I read.

  2. Thanks, Trish.
    The “One” is not mine. I clearly need to pay more attention when i find these if the author is not listed.
    I think we need to focus on even the little “acts” that we can do. Over time they will pay off.

  3. It is always interesting to see how people arrive at their OLW. Words are so important. The way they shape one person’s life might not be the same way they affect another. Each person’s guide word leads that person on a journey of self discovery throughout the year. Have a great journey with your word.

  4. I’m inferring from your post that “act” is your OLW for 2023. It’s something we all need to do to address the myriad challenges of our time. I know one letter, one call, one act by a constituent has a multiplying impact on politicians.

  5. I felt the need to have a word of Action as well this year. I’m still exploring the reasons why Purpose chose me. I look forward to hearing more about how Act is working in your life.

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