Finding my word for the year (rather than making resolutions) was an interesting process as usual. Last year my word was “Trust,” and I learned so much from adopting and dissecting that word for 2013. But that’s another story.
For 2014, my Word of the Year will be “Hope.” When choosing this word, I was ambivalent. I was thinking it was a passive word. After looking up the definition, I took my first step toward understanding the journey I’ll be on this year.
According to Wikipedia: “Hope is the state which promotes the desire of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or in the world at large.” also: “In the English language the word can occur either as a noun or as a verb, although hope as a concept has a similar meaning in either use.”
So the fact that it can be a noun or a verb is an interesting aspect I will explore. It seems that we can create a sense of hope in our minds, and in our lives, hope leads to action, which results in positive outcomes.
My friend Lisa and I were discussing it, and I had to agree with her take on it: “Hope is not a wimpy word!”
Let’s see where this leads!
Mirriam & Webster:
1hope verb \ˈhōp\ : to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true
Hope is the state which promotes the desire of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or in the world at large.
– the “feeling that what is wanted can be had or
– that events will turn out for the best” or
– the act of “look[ing] forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence” or
-“ feel[ing] that something desired may happen”
Other definitions include:
– “to cherish a desire with anticipation”;
– “to desire with expectation of obtainment”; or
– “to expect with confidence”
In the English language the word can occur either as a noun or as a verb, although hope as a concept has a similar meaning in either use.
Cheers to you in 2014! K