Reverb10: One word. Or two.

December 1st, 2010
Ice on the quince blossoms, February 8, 2010.

December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
(Author: Gwen Bell)

Completion. 2010 seemed to mark the completion of some monumental things that once seemed to exist only in the far distant future. Things like turning the corner on forty, and writing a memoir. As glad as I am to have reached both those milestones, it also feels a little, “now what?” There’s a part of me that fears that they represent some kind of peak, that it all goes down from here. It’s foolish, I know, but telling myself so doesn’t help.

I’d like the coming year to prove that there’s always more to come; life not winding down, but cycling out in ever-widening circles. Next December this time, I want to look back and say the word for 2011 was Expansion. Just saying it makes me breath a little deeper.

Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. In between regular posts, I’ll be responding to the daily prompts here, as well as posting some favorite photographs from the past year.

No Responses to “Reverb10: One word. Or two.”

  1. denise says:

    Completion. So good. When I saw you were participating, too, I thought of your book and how good finishing it must feel.

  2. Tena Laing says:

    ‘Endings’ (I liked completion too) This was a year of lost loved ones and coming to the end of writing projects. I’d like to think next year’s word will be ‘Beginnings’ – beginning to add loved ones, and fresh writing projects.
    New Beginnings. Begin at the end, and start again.

  3. Oh I’m so glad to have found you doing this tonight! I had done a one word new year resolution thing via Ali Edwards this past year. I’m so excited about this project. So many deep thinker I admire.

    I love your words. Mine were Rooting and Gardening. Thanks again!

  4. Kim says:

    I’d like the coming year to prove that there’s always more to come; life not winding down, but cycling out in ever-widening circles.

    This is beautiful, optimistic and grounded at the same time. Lovely.

  5. I think expansion sounds like the perfect sequel to completion.

  6. Allenoel says:

    Completing one thing and moving on to the next definitely requires some expansion. I wish you much expansion in 2011.

  7. Pippa says:

    Great words! I like the idea of expansion in 2011 🙂

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