Little did I know, for example, when I chose last year's complimentary words, "persistence and patience" just how important my need for those two qualities would become as I was tested repeatedly by the craziness which life kept throwing at me. I had those two words stamped on a necklace which became a talisman...giving me strength each time I wore it. I'm so very glad I had my words to focus on as I took on each new challenge. I know they helped me to get through it all with more grace than I might have otherwise mustered.
Of course, that meant that my selection for 2011 needed to be chosen with great care.
Oddly enough, for the first time since I began this word experiment, I had trouble settling on a word this time. A conversation with a good friend a few weeks ago actually brought a new word into the mix. I sat on it for a while, testing out the word to see how well I could live with it, and in the end that new word felt more right than any of the others.
Without further ado, I present 2011's Word:
Interestingly enough, the concept of balance has always fascinated me. Part of the reason I have a minor in Classical Greek (the language) was that I had been so very drawn to that ideal in mythology. (Phaedra comes to mind.) A lack of balance was always what got the protagonists in each story into so much trouble....and that was a lesson I could easily apply to my own life as I could see where my own lack of balance was throwing me off kilter.
Which makes it all the more interesting to note that even though I could see the problem I've never managed to fix it. I'm a girl of extremes, and perhaps it's time to change that.
This will definitely give me something to think about in 2011.