I’ve seen this One Little Word challenge around on several blogs, but I have never really pinpointed its origin. It appears to me to be a scrapbooker’s challenge, but is also a healthy way of developing a mantra for the year. So, when I thought long and hard about my New Year’s resolutions, I gave some thought to how I could sum them up in “One Little Word.” So, here it is, my One Little Word for 2011: apathy.
Okay, I know it sounds sort of negative, but before you judge, allow me to qualify my One Little Word with an explanation. Apathy is the absence of feeling, and therefore, seems to have a negative connotation. However, when I hear the “apathy, apathy, apathy” mantra in my head, it is always to remind myself not to sweat that over which I have no control.
You see, I am the type of passionate, driven person who has gotten myself into some trouble over the years by allowing my passion to leak out in the wrong manner and at the wrong times. So, rather than being a sign of my negativity, my One Little Word is merely a healthy exercise in self-control: refrain from feeling strongly about things I can’t control, and I will refrain from speaking strongly about things I can’t control.
Some days it is not as easy as it sounds.