The connections between and among women
are the most feared, the most problematic,
and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.
Creativity is just connecting things. . . .
. . . Learn how to see. Realize that everything
connects to everything else.
Christine Valters Paintner, Words of the Heart, 2011 Wordle
Used With Permission
(To enlarge the word cloud, click on the image.)
As she did in 2010, when she issued her first "Give Me a Word" post, Christine Valters Paintner of Abbey of the Arts issued an invitation at the start of this New Year to "allow a word to choose you which you might live into for the coming year." After receiving responses from more than 300 visitors to the Abbey, Christine created and posted the Wordle, or word cloud, shown above. The word size, as Christine explains here, is proportional to the number of times a word was selected (phrases that were offered are shown as hyphenated words).
Last year, I chose the word reach, and I think I satisfied the many meanings that word held for me.
For 2011, I have selected the word connections, which seems not only the natural result of the reaching out I did throughout 2010 but also an expression of my belief in possibilities and opportunities.
Take a minute and sit with the image. Is there a word there that "speaks" to you, that might prompt you to challenge, inspire, refresh, and nourish yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually throughout the year? I'd love to know: What's your word for 2011?