Friday, January 08, 2010


New Year's Day

Last year, I started something new.  Instead of spelling out new year's resolutions, and instead of plotting out long-term goals, I tried a new approach.  I would choose a single word that I would focus on for that year.  I would try and make that word a part of my life during 2009. 

After a bit of internal debate, I chose "Joy" as the word of 2009

Did I find it?  I don't know.  It was certainly much of my focus during the year.  The song "Alleluia" came out of my search for joy.  One good measure of my success is the fact that at the end of 2009, I'm feeling in a much better place than I was at the start of 2009.  And that gives me some hope for the future.

Which leads me to the word of the year for 2010:  "Hope"

For much of my adult life, I've slogged through in a sort of semi-pessimistic haze.  I'm tired of that.  I'd like to be able to look forward to the future without the cynical overwhelming my psyche.  I'd like to feel that there's good things coming.  I want to focus on those good things and try to bring them about this year.

So, that's the word.  I'd love to hear what you good folks have to say.  What does "hope" mean to you?  What do you hope for?

Mark has a lifelong testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon Church). Mark also has other sites and blogs, including and his Dutch Oven blog.

Mark's Other Blog Posts: Search Enginge Ranking Factors, Christmas Bread in the Dutch Ovens!,
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1 comment:

  1. Interesting thought. My wife is doing something similar this year. Her focus is on "diligence," a word she has encountered numerous times in her reading of the Book of Mormon.



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