One Little Word

I love words.  I always have.  I can safely be described as “excessively verbal”.  Some people think in pictures but for me it’s always been prose.  I believe in the weight of words.  I believe that words can inspire.  I also believe that our words form our intentions.

I’ve written here about the word that I have chosen to be mine for 2011, and why I’ve chosen it.  Today I say it again with intention.

My word for 2011 is Open.

After having chosen my word on December 1st, I’m grateful to have been introduced to One Little Word, a course being given by Ali Edwards through Big Picture Classes.  Over the next year I will join with a group of women to respond to monthly prompts to keep our words alive in our minds all year.

To start off the year I’ve been marinating in my word a little:

Defining Open: allowing access; free from obstructions; unlocked; exposed to the air or to view; unguarded; available; frank and communicative; not concealed; manifest; welcoming discussion, criticism, and inquiry; not finally settled; receptive to; admitting of; making possible; not containing any of its limit points.

Open quotes:
“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” — John Barrymore

“Here’s to opening and upward… and to yourself and up with you and up with and up with laughing.” — e.e. cummings

“Have you ever seen the stars in the night? See them closely, they will tell you how to be open, how to love and how to shine and twinkle without any differences and jealousy of other stars.” — Santosh Kalwar

“Kisses open doors, I’ve noticed.” — Susan Fletcher

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” — Joseph Campbell

“… God never slams a door in your face without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Open invitation:
In choosing Open as my word for 2011, I invite the following into my life: fresh air; new experiences; new people; deeper friendships; new foods and recipes; new destinations; inspiration; creativity; feedback; opportunities to serve and to use my talents; vulnerability; and, love.

What are you inviting into your life for 2011?


About Debra Cowie

Debra is a photographer and visual storyteller based in Ottawa, Canada. She is an explorer at heart, whose passion for photography was born in travel and has been carried with her to more than 30 countries so far. Debra is also an avid cook and baker and much of her current work focuses on food styling and photography in her serendipitously beautifully lit kitchen. She has flirted with Polaroid and 35mm film photography but her true love is her DSLR (aka "Boyfriend Mark").
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3 Responses to One Little Word

  1. Heidi says:

    hi Debra~ love the word and quotes, I’m a quote collector myself! I’ve got a little fridayprize for you, can you email me direct ( cheers!

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