The word that I have chosen for 2012 is spark.
I wanted to find a word that conveys energy and movement as well as a positive and upbeat tone. After much thought and a few contenders, the word spark came to mind. I instantly knew that it was the perfect fit for me this year.
A spark can be defined as "anything that activates or stimulates" and is an "inspiration or catalyst." It is "a small amount or trace of something... a trace of life or vitality." (Dictionary.com)
This year, I hope to listen to more of the little sparks of inspiration and creativity that I don't always find the time or motivation to turn into reality. I'll be reminded to pay attention to the little spark of an idea for a drawing, a fun project or an activity that I would normally let fizzle out.
The word spark will remind me to add a little bit of energy and enthusiasm throughout my daily routine. I'll be encouraged to spark up a smile (even when I really don't feel like it) and to be cheerful with the loved ones in my life. And perhaps even this usually shy gal will be inspired to spark up a conversation with someone new.
For me, the word spark is full of liveliness and strong spirit, which I aspire to having more of in my life this year. While training to run a 10k in the coming months, spark will be a great word to focus on when the going gets tough. In both running and everyday life, during those moments of self doubt, I will rely on that last little spark of determination to get me through.
Inspiration. Life. Vitality. Although it may be small, a spark is all it takes to get a fire going.
What word would you choose?
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