Three Words

My three words for 2013 were

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Cultivate

Laugh

As I’m working again,  really for the first time since the Big Casino, balance continues to be a challenge, but more from a ‘how to get it all done’ perspective. Unfortunately, it seems like I chase crisis – heading down the same path until I notice the cracks deepening on either side, then I change direction to work on my patching.

Cultivate turned out to be as important as it was confusing to me.  It was time to tend the garden, to clear out the thicket that was preventing my intentions from sprouting. That was rip-the-band-aid-off painful at times, but equally as radical in the good changes it brought to me. Clarity and confidence followed the fireworks and I’m sure of the path forward.

Laugh.  Meh.  I laugh, for sure.  But my laughs now are not what they were then, they’re all tinged with something darker. I suppose one could say that makes them more remarkable, but sometimes I really just wish I could be unaware.

For 2014, I’m going with one word.  I think I know what it is, but am going to reflect a little more.

In the meantime, peace to you today.  It was a challenging year in many ways, one that can tip you into feelings of despair if you follow the news and are so inclined. But as I always tell my kids, you learn more from losing than you do from winning.  It’s what you do with those lessons next time that counts.

Thanking 2013 for the lessons, waiting to see what 2014 will bring. Working on how to best approach the unknown.

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3 thoughts on “Three Words”

    1. Dang. I want to steal your word. Maybe my word should be “purloin.”

      ‘Cause I’m a little fancy still.

      🙂

      Happy New Year’s Eve, Lauren. I count you as one of my blessings.

      Katie

  1. Wow, and I thought those 3 words were going to be “Happy New Year!”

    BWOY was I wrong!

    You ended it so eloquently with that quote you tell your kids, that is so true and we need more parents like you drilling these notions and words of wisdom into their heads.

    As for my observations I’ve been on a “start the New Year the way you ended it”-kinda guy lately, like the past few years lately. Maybe, just like your dark tone in your laughter, that’s age catching up with us. You have no choice BUT to be and stay aware or else you’ll get lost in the darkness.

    Hope you have a remarkable New Year as well.

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