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One Little Word 2020


Happy New Year, friends! As has been my tradition for the last few years, I am choosing this day . . . the first day of the year . . . to share my One Little Word for you.

And my word is open.

This word first came to me back in the early fall. I was doing a guided meditation and was visualizing a box that was just for me and in that box was a gift. The gift I found was the word open. It just floated right up from that box like a helium balloon.

I immediately dismissed it. I decided it was too early to choose a word for the next year. I decided I didn’t really like that word anyway. I decided that my visualization was just about that moment and not about anything more than that.

You know where this is going, right? The word open just kept coming back to me. And honestly, the more I resisted it the more it persisted. I finally gave in the other day when I read something about how resisting a word can be just as important as instantly embracing a word.

So here I am with the word open. Still feeling pretty uncomfortable with it but also knowing that being uncomfortable is actually good for me because that’s when I have breakthroughs. That’s when I grow. That’s when I find new ways of doing things.

That’s when I open up.


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  1. I think that’s a perfect word. I need to think of mine. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  2. I wondered how you would follow your exceptional year with story, and it seems like you’ve chosen another wonderful word. Here’s to open!

  3. I feel like most of us could be a little more “open” to many things and people these days. Hope your year opens many good things for you.

  4. I remember a story about the first time a man spoke to the woman who became the love of his life. He asked her “how is your heart?” and her response was “open”. I have never forgotten that and as a result, your 2020 word has reminded me we need to keep both our hearts and our minds open to accepting things that perhaps we were not expecting. What a year for that it has been!

  5. I think you’ve chosen very wisely (though it sounds like the word actually chose for you!). I look forward to seeing where it takes you this year.

  6. Always a little scary, having a work choose you. I think you’ll explore this new word, just as ‘open’ly as you have all your previous ones. Happy New Year, Carole. May 2020 bring you a year of new adventures.


  7. Open to the possibilities… this is the perfect place to go after telling your story! I can’t wait to see how this word impacts your year!

  8. Perfect word that will be accompanied by difficult work. I think it is a great word, especially in light of recent events. It is hard to remain open when you are hurting. But you, if anyone, are up to it, Carole.

  9. I also think OPEN is a wonderful word to continue your journey with STORY. OPEN was my word a few years ago and it was a wonderful travel companion. Happy new year!

  10. Happy New Year. Open seems to have chosen you and it seems (to me) to fit you so well. Like others, I’m curious about your guided meditation.

  11. I know where this is going and I think it’s going to be both difficult and inspirational, but I know you well, and I know you will accomplish and conquer what this word will show you. I would love to learn more about your guided meditation as well. <3

  12. That’s a beautiful word! I resisted my word (accept I wrote about it on my blog today) for a while too, but somehow you know from the beginning that it will be the one…

  13. That’s a great word and can apply to so many literal and figurative parts of your life. Look forward to seeing where your word takes you in 2020.

  14. Oh this is good, Carole. Like Margene said, it seems the perfect follow-up to Story. and I can’t help but think it’s a posture we all need in 2020. I look forward to seeing where it takes you (and so glad you’ll let us follow along). Happy 2020!!

  15. Love, love, love your choice Carole! Though I don’t do anything formal I’ve been considering “next”. Doug and I will both be retired by the end of this year so it seems appropriate to consider what’s ahead! (And possibly not to be in such a hurry to leave things behind!)

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