The Three Word Exercise

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” ~ Albert Einstein

I am boosting this idea from Philippa at Feisty Blue Gecko.  She described the exercise in a January 1st post.  

This is now the fourth year which I have used the “three word” exercise instead of resolutions, to inspire the coming year and to use as a motivation for change…They formed a mantra which truly enabled me to think forward, and explore what my priorities should be for the coming year as I moved through treatment and into a new unknown. It was motivational, affirming and inspiring.

And doing this exercise as the year closes has continued to be so. I feel that the three words chart my hopes and priorities for the year, and give me something to focus on.

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I’ve watched her three words come and go over years past, but this year it’s calling me.  I suppose that I’m still looking for direction post-Uneasy Pink.  Philippa posted hers on New Year’s Day, which of course makes perfect sense.  I’ve had a hard time choosing, what with those wide open choices.  I’ve spent some time playing rhetorical games; finding words that are more and more general so as to encompass several ideas.  I’m trying to pick everything, which I realized today falls nicely into my self-loathing trap.

Offstage, a booming disembodied voice bellows: 

EVERYTHING IS WRONG AND YOU MUST CHANGE RADICALLY.

IMMEDIATELY.

ENTIRELY.

ANY MISTAKE = UTTER FAILURE.

ARE YOU DONE YET? YOU KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO FAIL.

GIVE UP.

I know it’s a boring and unoriginal trap, but we have a special relationship.

One thing is clear: I am not in danger of being a genius any time soon. (see top quote)

But I have picked three, keeping simplicity in mind.  Over the next few days, I’ll introduce you to my words.  Maybe you’d like to work on your own three.  If you’d like to remind me throughout 2013 of my three words, that would be fine, as long as you do so in a a loving and non-judgmental way, of course.  Don’t worry, Booming Voice will keep me apprised of all failures.     

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