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Well, this one is quite an eternity on my list. On my first 43things-rush i found it a splendid wonderful idea, then i found it quite silly, and now – in need for more goal-space – i think to myself ‘why not!’...
Lets see and give it a focus. 4 years ago
The word is THIS. It represents that every moment brings me exactly what it should and I need to accept THIS and the next THIS and the next THIS and not make them into problems. A variation on “now,” I suppose. Base root acceptance of what is. 5 years ago
Alright, after much consideration, I’m going with the word AWARE. Although I do not think it is possible to identify a single word that encapsulates everything I’m trying to do, be, and learn, I do think that awareness comes before anything else. Without awareness, I will not know how what I do affects myself and others. Awareness will also allow me to identify barriers to doing and learning new things. Now let’s just see if I can pull it off… 5 years ago
I was going to write another entry explaining why I picked Strength. But now I think that you can figure it out by the definition of the word. 5 years ago
strength (strěngkth, strěngth, strěnth)
1. The state, property, or quality of being strong.
2. The power to resist attack; impregnability.
3. The power to resist strain or stress; durability.
4. The ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly.
5. Capacity or potential for effective action: a show of strength.
7. a. A source of power or force.
b. One that is regarded as the embodiment of protective or supportive power; a support or mainstay.
c. An attribute or quality of particular worth or utility; an asset.
8. Degree of intensity, force, effectiveness, or potency in terms of a particular property, as:
a. Degree of concentration, distillation, or saturation; potency.
b. Operative effectiveness or potency.
c. Intensity, as of sound or light.
d. Intensity or vehemence, as of emotion or language.
9. Effective or binding force; efficacy: the strength of an argument.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (dictionary.com) 5 years ago
i read an article in “Domino Magazine” about these women who have a consultancy that determines based on a number of factors, what combination of two words determines someone’s personal style to help them figure out where they’re off track in their space/style persona’s. Sort of like a self actualizing thing i think.
I thought that was really interesting at the time and now reading this goal, its funny how different my combination of elegant/collage feels from the word i automatically and indisputably know to be my ‘one word’ of EMBRACE.
It came immediately.
It is a delicate, firm, intimate, wanting to know, learn, wanting to be touched and understood, purposeful kind of word that is spontanious and momentary.
I embrace the future, its vast uncertainty! I hold dearly the people i love unconditionally, i hold myself with compassion and ward away the unecessary evils of the day but am open to new understandings!
Heh, i embrace all sides of myself including that of the dork who wrote the above! 5 years ago
Fortitude 5 years ago
It’s about having good judgement and awareness and as well as higher understanding. I think basically that’s what i’m aiming for, higher understanding in order to appreciate what’s taking place around me. Wanting to understand also goes with my goal of fighting ignorance. I want to see and be aware of what’s happening. 5 years ago
I’m debating right now between compassionate and aware…I’m leaning towards aware as I think almost everything falls under that category, but I also believe that it is important to maintain a sense of compassion at all times. 5 years ago
The first word that came to me was Balance. It is a recurring theme, but it’s closer to what I think I “should” try to do, be, and learn in life than it is truly representative. I read several good entries, and Adventure, Generalist, and Amateur have great appeal. Eccentric is the best single word for me, though; I knew when I learned the meaning that it was what I wanted to be when I grew up. Now that I’m (almost) grown up, at 50, Eccentric totally represents everything I’m trying to do, be, and learn in life! 5 years ago
A desire to connect drives almost everything I do. Connect to myself, to others. Build connections between unrelated things, ideas, people. Interdisciplinary science. Peace making. Empathy. Love. 5 years ago
I should probably use “tardy” or “slacker” because all the other Robots finished this a couple weeks ago, when it was due. Whatever. The word is liberal. I don’t like to put it at the beginning of a sentence because I specifically mean the small-L variety. Liberals are often as Dogmatic as Conservatives, so I specifially mean liberal. Maybe even catholic. Anyway, here are the meanings I mean:
- open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values
- favoring maximum individual liberty in political and social reform
- regarding many traditional beliefs as dispensable, invalidated by modern thought, or liable to change
- concerned mainly with broadening a person’s general knowledge and experience, rather than with technical or professional training
- broadly constructed or understood; not strictly literal or exact. (This one is supposed to apply to the interpretation of, for instance, a text. But I like how it could be stretched to refer to a person’s abstraction and/or use of dry humor.)
- giving generously 5 years ago
I seek balance in all things: working/playing, enjoying time alone/with others, paying attention to product/process, breathing in/out, being active/resting, leading/following, operating from my head/heart, striving for perfection/being content with “good enough”, feeding mind/body/spirit, expressing yin/yang energy, growing/consolidating growth, being stretched/stroked, creating/consuming, learning/teaching, being/doing, speaking/being silent, giving/receiving …
To quote an early mentor, “Balance is the key to power.” 5 years ago
All I want out life is to be in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing. A majority of the things I’ve done I’ve done because I thought they were right, even if they turned out wrong. Plus, I LOOOOVE being right. Being right is cool. Am I right? 5 years ago
After much bellyaching and hoo-ha’ing, I welcome the challenge of coming up with a singular word that encompasses not only me and my personality, but my hopes, dreams, goals; simply put, a microcosm and snapshot of me, Chris. It is ‘heartfelt.’ That felt amazing. I try to live up to that word with everything I do and want to do. 5 years ago
So my first thought was “participate,” because I’m drawn to being a part of things… vibrant things… But then that seemed too passive, or maybe too much like a joiner. While I love to participate and, more emphatically, hate to miss out, I would not consider myself a joiner. That led me to the word “engage,” which is a nice idea. And I think it implies a more active stance than participate. However! If I’m totally honest with myself I must admit a tendency to disengage in certain situations (particularly emotional ones, er, ahem). So. I’m going to go with “discover.” Because you have to engage to discover, and discovery is pretty essential for a Jill Of All Trades like myself. “Discover” also reflects my curious-monkey-mind, which is precisely the thing that propels me into endeavors like The Petri Project.5 years ago
Patience is hard for me. I’m eager to live now, but realities and responsibilities get prioritized higher than flights of fancy. However, I read about others living large and fully participating in life and I get inspired. So for now, I’m aspiring to living large, to throwing caution to the wind, to really following the dreams, to no longer being afraid of what will happen if I do. 5 years ago
I’ve been thinking about what my single word would be all week. I kept waffling between words that described how I wanted to be (good, experimental, playful), words that described how I feared I was (distant, manipulative), words that were self-deprecating (piece, part), words that were cheesy (loving, good), words that were too vague, words that were too small, words that were too pretentious and lofty to be spoken aloud.
Of course, now, I feel like the build up of words requires that I pull from big, crazy, life-changing words. But maybe my single word isn’t big, crazy, or life-changing. This is the perfect exercise for me because I am obsessed with words and their tiny little powers.
So I’m choosing a word that isn’t in wikipedia, that google filters out of its search terms, and which has 34 definitions according to dictionary.com: in.
“In” is my word because it really does represent everything I’m trying to do, be, and learn in life. I just want to be in. Ask me to do something, and I am in. And when I’m not in, I want to learn how to be in. It’s a vulnerable position to be in, but it’s also where the fun is. In it to win it. All in. Incognito. Indubitably. 5 years ago
It is not about the glass being half-full or half-empty, but being able to recognize that the glass is capable of holding twice as much water as it contains.
I wish I could say I am a realist all the time but in reality (pun intended) it is human nature to avoid the truth on occasion or to dream of a world in abstract (hey, that’s what this place is for). What I do strive for is to be honest with myself about the world as it is – both good and bad – and to fine a practical approach to life.
I must say that Amateur and Generalist are also choices that I would be proud to strive for – cheers to my fellow 43T’s embracing those qualities below… 5 years ago
Nowadays, it’s somewhat hip in an antiestablishment way to call oneself an amateur, but for me it really fits. I’m mostly a dabbler in things, and for those things that I’ve dabbled in more seriously, some to the extent they could be called a profession, I came into them a total innocent with no formal training.
So far, my most challenging amateurish undertaking has been fatherhood. All parents are amateurs in the best sense of the word. 5 years ago