looking back & leaning forward.
Happiness Project : January

2013 one little word : soar.

My 2012 One Little Word came to me while stopped at a red light. I thought that my 2013 One Little Word was delivered to me in the form of a beautiful journal, gifted to me by a beautiful friend. The journal - Courage Every Day - features lovely blank pages, and quotes about courage on every page. Courage, it seemed, was destined to be my word. And then the universe started to whisper...


I was tentative about it, and the first couple of friends that I told didn't like it. Always being one to thoroughly research my options, I looked up the definitions of both words. 

Courage - the quality of spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, or pain w/o fear. 

Soar - to rise or aspire to a higher or more exalted level. 

And that basically settled it. I felt that choosing courage would say to the universe that I was expecting difficulty, danger, and pain. On the other hand - aspiring to a higher level? Sign me up! The final deciding factor was when I discovered that I had a series of photos from Costa Rica of a bird soaring through the sky (ie, the banner above). Sometimes the universe says "like, DUH." 

The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly. - Friedrich Nietzsche