A number of the blogs I read, or lists that I am on are abuzz about picking a Word of the Year. I’ve never really wanted to do this before, but for the last week or so a word has been bugging me, so I decided to go with it:
–adjective1. carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.2. characterized by deliberation; careful or slow in deciding: a deliberate decision.3. leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow and even;unhurried: a deliberate step.
–verb (used with object)4. to weigh in the mind; consider: to deliberate a question.-verb (used without object)5. to think carefully or attentively; reflect: She deliberated for a long time before giving her decision.
6. to consult or confer formally: The jury deliberated for three hours.
I tend to be a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of a person, and while I don’t think I can or even want to “change” — I do think that my life would be less…fraught…if I were more deliberate about pretty much everything. More deliberate about the things that I am working on, how I spend my time, how I interact with family, friends and customers and how I take care of myself.
Have you picked a word for yourself? I’d love to hear from you about what you picked and why.