One Word

I’m not a New Year’s resolution kind of guy. As with most people, there are far too many broken resolutions littering my past. But I came across an interesting idea recently, which is to pick a word around which to frame the new year. I picked, “simplify.” In conjunction with my efforts at mindfulness, I might only apply “simplify” to this month, or even this day, or even the current moment. In whatever way, I will try to keep “simplify” as my byword as I move into 2017.

There’s only so much I can simplify, what with adaptive equipment, various therapies, medications, appointments, etc. Disability is complicated. Identifying things in my daily life that I can simplify is a mindfulness and simplification process in itself, a valuable exercise, if only in self-examination.

I hope that by moving from “resolution,” to “byword,” I will be more likely to stick to it. Isn’t this what Post-it notes are for?

If you were to pick one word to frame your new year around, what would it be?


Author: stephen

stephen harris is a writer, painter and a photographer who lives with his family in maine.

8 thoughts on “One Word”

  1. I like “simplify” it has different meanings in different contexts and no matter which I seem to apply it it, I think I need it. Thank you and Happy New Year!

  2. Probably “accept”. I’ve been pushing hard to change things, and I think it’s time to let that go, at least some of it, and at least for a while.

  3. This caused me both to reflect on the past and consider the future. After serious thought, my word is “live”. I have been so focused on dying and preparing for it that I haven’t thought much about any possible future. I have felt an urgency to complete projects before my hands expire. Much of that is done and I think I will concentrate more on living this year.

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