If you had to pick one word to live by what would it be? Maybe it is a virtue you want more of in your life, maybe a challenge you want to overcome, or maybe something you are passionate about. I stumbled upon a service project online that asks this question. What’s your word?
I had to give this some thought, there are so many words that are perfect! Immediately the words love, hope, dream, breathe, pray, and wish popped into my head. Picking one word out of all the glorious, interesting, provoking, meaningful, wondrous, and reflective words out there can be downright intimidating!
So how do you go about picking one word? Drive deep into your soul and list your qualities. Is there something you could benefit from focusing on? This will help you nail down your personal motto – the word that captures your purpose and passion. This word defines you and your mission. It will be your focus, your mantra, the word that will guide you. Choosing one word makes it easier to remember and to put into action. It will help give you meaning, mission, passion and purpose. And your one word can change, it doesn’t have to be the same forever. Start with one and see how it goes.
After much reflection, I chose INSPIRE. It is one of my favorite words. I am lucky enough to have had many inspirational people in my life that put a fire in my heart to inspire others. I want to be a positive influence capable of inspiring others to become better versions of themselves. Of course, as I am constantly continuing to work on myself to be the best version of me.
Understanding the difference that positive inspiration can make in a person’s life gives me the motivation I need to make every moment count as an opportunity to inspire others. Inspiration is powerful. I take opportunities to inspire others through my words and actions during everything that goes on in this hectic world we live. I try my best to be cognizant of how I act and react in situations. But I am human, I need to remind myself to be authentic and true, to be kind and to not judge others so harshly. By trying to be the best version of myself I hope to inspire others to do the same. My one word -inspire- I believe, challenges us all to live purposefully.
So, how did you do? Did you choose your One Word? You can now put that word to use, that’s my wish for you! Keep it where you can see it, and let it inspire you each day.
Mary Beth Iannarella
Girl Talk Marlton/The Wishwall Foundation