Category: One Little Word

One Little Word – thoughts for February

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I am two prompts into the One Little Word class.

So far I have found it a challenge but I have had a couple of successes. I have also realised that this is all up to me. To succeed or fail lays within my hands.

A few things have come from the class that I wanted to write down here, mainly to keep me focused and accountable. And it’s good to get thoughts out and written down.

My intentions with this word are –

  1. To really hear what is said to me. Concentrate on the speaker and consider what they are saying. This was the reason I picked the word ‘listen.’ I felt that I was not hearing people I was too busy waiting for my turn to speak. The other thing to have come from this though is that I need to tune what is going on behind the words too. To understand personalities more.
  2. Listen to the world around me. Not only to pay attention to the sounds I hear like the birdsong or the traffic but the deeper meaning behind the sounds.
  3. Learn to understand the voice in my head. I know, being a mostly selfish soul, that I do listen to my inner wants and needs but sometimes fear downs out the smaller voice that persists but usually gets ignored. Tune into that smaller voice even if I have to get out of my comfort zone.
  4. Hear my body shouting for me to stop making bad food choices. Know that by listening and taking action my body will sing rather than shout!

They are small steps and not earth shattering but I can build on them as I go along. And to be honest if I do these four things I’ll be whooping with joy because one of the things we had to do for the January work in the class was say what we were most afraid of in the coming year. I wrote down that I was most afraid that I wouldn’t be able to change. That even if I could listen more and hear more throughout the year it wouldn’t make any difference to me as a whole. So small steps right?

Oh and I started a board with quotes about listening love all of these words.

This year of 2014

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I’ve been reading a lot of blogs recently with talk of goals and new year intentions, inspiring words and ideas for the year ahead.

My brain is buzzing with a mix of those posts and my own desires about 2014. So to try to help I brainstormed, I wrote down things I want to do this year and I wrote things down for my One Little Word assignment, I pondered and panicked that time was ticking and I needed to make a list of goals myself.

Then I stopped.

I think this is a great example of how using my word can help me out here.

Listen.

I can hear the buzz buzz of ideas but I can also hear that I’m not ready, might not be ready this year, to make a list. Clearly I need more time to work with ideas and hopes and thoughts. And maybe I will get to the point where I’m ready to make a list of them all and maybe I won’t. And you know what? It’s okay.

I am listening little voice. I am listening.

One Little Word

This idea has been around quite a while now. Here is a link to Ali’s post about her word this year.

I have so far resisted the urge to jump into this year-long project. I’m not sure why. I even sat in November 2012 running through words in my head trying them on for size to see if I could live with a word and take it to my heart. It wasn’t right then but it is now.

I saw the word ‘Listen’ on Karen Grunberg’s blog, it shouted out to me and I was hooked into this idea of one little word.

I am excited to begin letting this word sit with me, be with me.

Listen has so much to show me. There is so much to hear if I take the time to tune myself in.

  • Listen to the ones I love.
  • Listen to what people say.
  • Listen to my surroundings.
  • Listen to my heart.
  • Listen to my body.

I literally and figuratively talk to myself constantly. But do I really hear what I say? I think this was my jumping off point, the fact that a big flaw of mine is not actually paying attention. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

My journey with this word is already surprising me and we have only just taken our first step.

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That amazing neon sign was commissioned for Radio 4’s Front Row programme.