Word for 2017 – Generous


I was inspired by Melinda Gates New Year tradition of picking a word and building a deliberate practice around it, to focus the year.

Unlike Melinda, I’m far from ready to focus on “gentle” but I am all in with generous in 2017.


Per Merriam-Webster*

a : characterized by a noble or kindly spirit

b : liberal in giving

c : marked by abundance

You will remember, in 2010 I had decided to focus on giving back which is one type of generosity. That single goal was transformational to my personal and professional growth. Seven years later, I’m still reaping benefits from that single intention.

In 2017, I hope to continue to be generous with my time and talents, while adding more generosity of thought. I must admit, that it’s often hard for me to have true empathy and to subscribe the best possible intention to the actions of others.

I feel that it would be a noble goal to practice this more. I intend to focus on making 2017 a year of unparalleled generosity. I look forward to seeing where this journey will take me.

Like Melinda, I’ll be happy to lend you my word, if you find yourself in need. How about you, what word are you bringing into focus for 2017?

*beautiful metaphor that I had to look up how to spell that (…twice)


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