2016 and My ‘One Word’

We’re into another New Year, and I wish you a good one. Not everything we experience in 2016 is likely to be happy, but it can still be a good year, can’t it? A lot depends upon our perspective … our focus.

Unfortunately, I don’t always focus on the right things.


Sometimes I’m not even looking in the right direction.


I haven’t made New Year’s Resolutions for umpteen years; not since the realization that I rarely kept them, and thus proclaiming them only set me up for failure and humiliation. But I don’t go into the New Year without intending to accomplish certain things. (Intending is much more forgiving than resolving!)

Some years ago I discovered the ‘One Word‘ phenomenon, and each year since then have found a particularly meaningful word on which to focus. The word that has thrown itself into my path for 2016 is… ta da! FOCUS.

I really need better focus in my spiritual life, in my daily tasks, and in my writing, so it’s the perfect word choice for this new year. Hopefully it will provide the clarity I so badly need.


(Pine Grosbeaks, with a few Common Redpolls in the background)

Is the New Year providing you with a new sense of focus? How are you challenging yourself?

~  ~  ~


Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

6 thoughts on “2016 and My ‘One Word’

  1. Your word for this year is an excellent one. Without focus one can not achieve goals. My word last year was accept and it really helped me get through some major changes. I haven´t come up with a word for this year but have set some goals. All the best for 2016 Carol.

  2. Mine is experiencing! This is the first time I’ve put a word to my year but I’ve decided it’s the year to try the new dance class or baking class etc. Best wishes for the year ahead!

    1. Thanks for visiting here. Your ‘one word’ has lots of potential as I’m pretty sure 2016 will contain many new experiences for all of us. All the best to you, too.

  3. Wonderful post, Carol. I focus on the now most days. But even then I forget and find myself going back to some difficult time. I read a post this morning where the author berated himself for not figuring the old mistakes out yet. He couldn’t understand why he wasn’t perfect. Sounds funny, yet we all go there. We lose focus. Without focus one cannot connect to their creator and delight in the world unfolding clearer around them. It took me a long time to realize that when I focus on the universe, I actually focus on God, and that action brings me into a wonderful alignment. Fascinating that it took 60+ years to figure that out.

    1. I know I’m much more attuned — more steady and balanced — when I push distractions aside and really zone in to concentrate on something. I desperately need to focus on one thing at a time, too, and keep distractions at bay, especially when I’m studying or writing. I’ve had a year of bouncing from one thing to another and not really accomplishing much.

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