This is gonna be one great big cop-out, but here it is, anyway. My "one word" for 2014. Are you ready for it? Really? Ok.
Yep, that's it. Not create, not breathe, not peace, not joy, not give... just try. I like this little word. It's a hope word. But it's also an It's Totally OK to Fail at This word. It gives me permission to do something new and it allows me to mess it all up. It says that maybe this will be the thing, you know? The thing you were meant to do.
And it also says better luck next time.
It says stop not doing it, just start. And it requires just a little bit of effort. Not get up at 5am and write 500 words everyday before sunrise effort. Just, like, maybe try going to bed early tonight. Try more cumin in the chicken tacos. Try on this dress. Try something new, something forgotten, something hoped for, something impossible.
Actually this year each member of our family has chosen a word. Asher chose tortellini, which is probably the most inspired of anyone's one word ever. Jack chose explore, Ella - love, and Matt is keeping the peace.
We'll see how the patchwork of family dynamics in these five big and small words work for us this year. No matter what the outcome, I foresee a little more pasta in our future. Or, at least, I'll try for it.