2010, In a Word

One Word.

Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?


Just kidding. The word is…

output

I had to glance at my calendar to remind myself of what happened this year. So much, of course. A single word to encapsulate the whole year?

Words that popped into my head: determination, momentum, fast, fleeting, crazy, oy, but mostly, it was all about output.

It’s been exciting to make stuff and share it with the world.  I did a lot of sharing this year. I made an album. I blogged consistently. I collaborated. I toured. I played a lot.  I’m happy with this output. But looking back, I see that too much output caused me to feel overwhelmed on a pretty regular basis.  I made it though the year, but I know that all this output has dulled my edge.  Which is why my word for 2011 is…

sharpen

You know the Stephen Covey story about the guy with the saw…

A man was struggling in the woods to saw down a tree. An old farmer came by, watched for a while, then quietly said, “What are you doing?”

“Can’t you see?” the man impatiently replied, “I’m sawing down this tree.”

“You look exhausted,” said the farmer. “How long have you been at it?”

“Over five hours, and I’m beat,” replied the man. “This is hard work.”

“That saw looks pretty dull,” said the farmer. “Why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen it? I’m sure it would go a lot faster.”

“I don’t have time to sharpen the saw,” the man says emphatically. “I’m too busy sawing!”

In 2011 I’m going to spend a lot of focus on sharpening.  In my work, with myself, and in my relationship, it’s definitely time to sharpen up.

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(photo by Ali Eisner)

12 Responses to 2010, In a Word

  1. Tara says:

    I really like your words, Christine! I just read about the reverb10 thing 2 minutes ago on my twin’s blog. Now I want to come up with my own words. But I wish I’d heard it before I read yours and hers because now all I can think of is your great words 🙂
    And I so definitely remember Mr. Stephen Covey, start with the end in mind, sharpen the saw, be proactive, and so on. It was a good book, opened me to some very new ways of thinking. But focusing on one word is also good because efforts can get diffused and exhausting. Happy December and welcome home from the road.
    xo Tara

  2. Kylie says:

    Love it. And looking in from the outside, your output this year was astonishing. That Stephen Covey story is so good — I can see places in my life where I am absolutely sawing at the tree with a dull blade. Sometimes taking classes, investing in coaching, or finding a better tool is critical. I’m trying to remember as I’m starting to create a business that hard word by itself sometimes isn’t as useful as smart work.

  3. @tara – Let’s get together before xmas for a drink! xo

    @kylie – Thanks! So right about the smart work vs. hard work thing. And I loved your blog on “perseverance and flow.” Looking forward to more of your posts this month.

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