Thursday, December 1, 2011

One Word


Reflecting on 2011 makes me sigh.  I remember sighing throughout the year.  Sighs lifted up in exasperation, pleas of grief even.  

The first sigh sounded through job frustrations.  Another sigh reverberated during the challenge of selling most of our possessions and packing the rest for our 12th move.  Then there was a deep sigh, almost a groan when faced with life without Harry.  Since, I've found myself at my desk aware that each breath I take ends in a sigh.  The rush of air from my lungs expels every non-verbalized thought while my rib cage clutches the grief inside.

I could use a win.  Some joy in the morning.  Some relief.  So I sigh again in petition for a satisfying breath.  For 2012, my word will be breathe.  For in breathing, void of painful sighs, there is peace and contentment.  Perhaps, a happy sigh or two might be nice as well.

I'm participating in WEverb11 this year, a series of writing prompts focused on reflection and future.  Join us and learn more at WEverb11!  Today's prompt was:  Choose one word. Encapsulate the year 2011 in one word. Explain why. Imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2012 for you?


  1. Hang in there, my friend. Things will be better soon.

  2. Wishing you a win, my dear. Praying 2012 will be easy breathing all around.

  3. :( Your tone isn't the MR I know and love. I have to admit, my word for 2010 was anger and I think I mostly moved past that sentiment in 2011. In 2011, my word was probably changes or maybe relief. I hope 2012 is peace. Wishing you a year of calm and easy sailing in 2012!