Recently I came across a blog post about a word of the year. At first I thought this was like the Pantone color of the year (rose quartz and serenity for 2016). After further reading I realized this was a personal word. The idea intrigued me and I set about thinking on the topic.
Last night I came across two more articles relating to the word of the year. As I read each author’s post I started thinking more deeply about my word. My friend Angie‘s word is Focus. Good word. Something I could use more of. I googled and found more posts. Mend. Fierce. Customization. Trust. The list is endless. The story behind the word was interesting. Quite a few folks who had done this the year before shared how their word influenced their year.
I had a few words that I tried on and discarded. They were too limited or too broad or just, well just not right. I love words. Words hold power. I’ve held a long fascination with words and these days it’s even more true. I did some more searching and now I’m happy to say I’ve found my word for 2016.
From dictonary.com I found this
verb (used with object), engaged, engaging.
1. to occupy the attention or efforts of (a person or persons): He engaged her in conversation.
2. to secure for aid, employment, use, etc.; hire: to engage a worker; to engage a room.
3. to attract and hold fast: The novel engaged her attention and interest.
4. to attract or please: His good nature engages everyone.
5. to bind, as by pledge, promise, contract, or oath; make liable: He engaged himself to repay his debt within a month.
6. to betroth (usually used in the passive): They were engaged last week.
7. to bring (troops) into conflict; enter into conflict with: Our army engaged the enemy.
8. Mechanics. to cause (gears or the like) to become interlocked; interlock with.
9. to attach or secure.
10. Obsolete. to entangle or involve.
verb (used without object), engaged, engaging.
11. to occupy oneself; become involved: to engage in business or politics.
12. to take employment: She engaged in her mother’s business.
13. to pledge one’s word; assume an obligation: I was unwilling to engage on such terms.
14. to cross weapons; enter into conflict: The armies engaged early in the morning.
15. Mechanics. (of gears or the like) to interlock.
Now that’s a word I can get behind. While the word has many wonderful meanings I was looking for a word that would encourage me to become an active participant in my life. It is true that a goodly portion of my life is spent in this house with the girls as my companions. That doesn’t excuse me from participating in the world around me.
As I look at all the meanings for this word I find myself wondering what I’ll be thinking a year from now. Did I have to engage any troops? I know I have a great tribe of friends if the need arises. What opportunities await me this coming year? I find myself becoming eager to face the challenges ahead. I do believe there may be some art coming on. One of the keys to keeping myself on track is placing visual cues around the house for things I need to do.
Grandpa was saying my studio needed a sign on the door…maybe this is it
Until next time…