Pick a Word


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A friend told me she would pick one word as her touchstone for this new year.

No resolutions.

Just one single word to live in to.

Today in Starbucks Emma and I sat calmly reading the paper, sharing cappuccino foam and the comfort of fellow New Year’s Day inhabitants.

Suddenly a man pushed the front door open screeching some odd song with the intent of making himself known by all.

He wouldn’t let us ignore him.

Next, a disheveled yet familiar store owner who, in the summer sits outside his poster shop (outer wall lined with dying pointsettas) with a scary pit bull and the morning newspaper scattered about his feet so customers must step over the mess to enter

Abruptly sits down with me to finish his breakfast saying: “Are you ready for the Trumps?”

Aghast, I form the words “I don’t want to talk about politics”

And he tells me I could just as well have said no

Slinging his messy breakfast in the trash with a “harumph” heard far and wide.

Somehow the disenfranchised have donned the mantle of entitlement in a large way recently.

Right then I chose my word.


For me this includes civility, patience, containment, empathy, compassion, good manners, waiting for the miracle, prayer, kind boundaries, keeping my word, turning everything seemingly unhandleable over to God.


6 Responses to “Pick a Word”

  1. Dennis Chamberlain on January 1st, 2017

    Yes – Grace. One word that encompasses eleven words/phrases – and it fits you perfectly dear Cathy.

  2. Paul on January 1st, 2017

    Wow. Another great essay. You are one of my heroes, Cathy.

  3. gerry harty on January 2nd, 2017

    This is exactly what I needed to hear…Happy
    New Year,Cathy xoxo

  4. barbara on January 2nd, 2017

    A New Year Cathy,

    Hope you have many wonderful adventures with Emma this coming year 🙂

    Barbara X

  5. Jim Peele on January 2nd, 2017

    Great word Cathy. Happy New Year!

  6. Alexandra Eldridge on January 2nd, 2017

    The world needs Grace more than ever before. Let it be!! Thank you and Happy New Year filled with Grace. xxA

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