TheAspenStand: Choosing One Word To Follow Throughout The New Year

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Choosing One Word To Follow Throughout The New Year

As we head toward the close of a decade, I don't plan on making any resolutions for the New Year. Resolutions beg to be broken and usually are in my humble opinion. It makes one feel good when making it but bad when dropping or not being able to follow it. 

Instead, in 2020 I plan to do what I did several years ago so read on.

Back about five years ago I was following a blog where the writer proclaimed to select a word to follow each new year. I liked the idea and claimed the word "celebrate" that was easy to keep going the entire year.

As we head into a new decade, I decided to try it again and proclaim gratitude as my word for the year to start a new decade. I generally try to be grateful for something in each day but plan to write on a small slip of paper what I'm grateful for each day. I'll place all these slips into a gratitude jar. The slips and jar will allow me to later look through the year of notes as a reminder of all I can appreciate at the end of 2020. 

When I did this word selection years ago I recognized a pattern in my notes on what I was celebrating each day. The pattern showed a few materialistic celebrations and many more emotional celebrations. Happy to walk in the prairie on a clear day with the dogs; simply being out in fresh mountain air while I was working in the yard; stilling in the quiet wilderness listening to nature and so many more.

One celebration that I don't take for granted is being able to READ. It saddens me to know there are so many adults who are unable to do so. 

I even celebrated the fact when I recognized feeling too ill to participate in a fun day of activity with friends. I celebrated that because I had realized my limitations that day and how they might ruin fun for others. I stayed home and was happy for doing so.

I celebrated the work I can do on and around our house without calling an expert. I do consider those materialistic since it relates to the house BUT I have to say anyone who does own their home and can share their home with others is worth a day of celebration.  

There are some that are as simple as watching the moon disappear over the horizon in a dark morning sky and absorbing the warmth of the colors of a sunrise. I drove out to the open prairie one morning to share that with the dogs and we all had a great time.

Looking back on all those I can see them falling into this coming year's gratitude word of the day. 

As I go through 2020 considering what I'm grateful for each day, I hope you too have a theme that keeps you motivated and on track. 

Do you sit quietly at the end of the day to reflect on anything in particular?

Let me know your thoughts on the post and I'd love to have you share your comments.

Happy New Year. I'm looking forward to what 2020 brings. 


  1. Hi Patricia,
    I love love love this topic! And what a wonderful way to celebrate a new year and decade than with gratitude. It seems that whenever I start thinking of what I'm grateful for, other things pop up--does that happen to you, too? During the winter months, I'm grateful for a warm place to sleep and a roof over my head. The holidays have been kind to me and I'm grateful for that, too. Health is another big one.

    I'm also grateful for all my friends near and far. And I count you among them! Thank you for you. :D

    Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Carol,
      Thanks for checking out the post and for your feedback.

      Yes, I often think of how grateful I am for something and so many other things are a part of that that make me grateful. I am so happy to read the holidays have been kind to you.

      Each day I awaken, there is gratitude that I'm able to do so with no major health issues.

      I'm so grateful I found you on social and have you as a friend.

      Wishing you are healthy and productive New Year.


  2. Happy New Year, Patricia! What a great post and an interesting topic. I, too, gave up on resolutions years ago; I think many of them died about 5 minutes after midnight on January 1st, anyway.... I will have to give thought to my "word" or maybe I will just bow to The Beatles and use theirs.... ;-)

    1. Hi Joe,
      Thanks for checking out the post and adding to it. I appreciate you very much.

      I hope you share your word and how it works out for you if you decide to go with this idea.

      Happy New Year.



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