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“The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides.” Artur Schnabel

“The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides.”
Artur Schnabel (Photo by Jeff Watkins)

Another year, another phone conversation with our son.

That’s how my word for 2012 came about; our son said it’d be helpful if I shared information incrementally instead of stockpiling. His request, as well as the word, stuck.

Too bad this year didn’t reap the same results.

He and I talked Sunday evening at length about becoming more disciplined, the perfect action word for 2013. I told him about choosing a word for the year, rather than making resolutions I never keep. He liked the idea and agreed we’d both benefit from self-discipline.

I hoped our talk was a sign to change words. When off the phone, I mentioned to my husband about switching words. He looked skeptical.

“You already have a word for 2013,” he said.  “You didn’t tell him?”

“I didn’t have the heart to share. Mine for this year sounds so, I don’t know, like a couch potato word. Anyway, I’ve pondered enough. I’m ready to get going,” I said.

I wanted a word like create, productive, gumption. Maybe a phrase like “get to work.” Or one like my husband’s – he chose deliberate.

That’s another thing; he got to pick his word. I felt stalked and trapped by the word ponder.

Don’t misunderstand; it’s a favorite of mine. I’ve cherished reading Luke 2:19 (NIV) about Mary pondering the news she was pregnant with Jesus. I mean, the word is perfect for Mary, but it seems a ridiculous one for me considering the productive year I had in mind.

Still, there was no denying how attached I felt when I read it in Christi McGuire’s blog post, “Treasure This Season.”

I gave in and looked up ponder.

Merriam-Webster’s definition is give serious and careful thought to. Synonyms include reflect, meditate, and contemplate. Related words are explore, muse, believe, and conceive.

There you go, my 2013 in a nutshell. I guess there’s hope since explore might allow me off the couch once in a while.

What are your resolutions for 2013? Or maybe you’re also being hounded by a word? Care to share?

Thanks for my one word button from Melanie @

Thanks for my One Word button, Melanie @

WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – Artur Schnabel’s quote came to mind as I struggled to write this post and reconcile with a word that is more about stillness than taking my year by storm. I’m trusting as I ponder (like with Artur’s pauses), my art will appear.

On the side: Photography by Jeff Watkins. The model in the photo is Mitch Wallace. Thanks to you both, Jeff and Mitch, for permission to use the photo.

A funny blog post about Carol Anne Wright Swett and her 2013 Word of the Year.

A blog post/haiku about ponder by Sylvia Jones at The Haiku Corner. Sylvia said the haiku was inspired by Well-Written Days. Thank you, Sylvia. You’re the inspirer.

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