Thursday, December 02, 2010

One Word

December 1 – One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you? (Author: Gwen Bell)
I've decided to try participating in #reverb10, an annual event to reflect on the past year and consider what happens next. Each day a writing prompt like the one above is posted.

The first word that springs to mind to describe 2010 is "loss." I lost my father this year. Now both my parents are dead and I feel unmoored and unsafe. I had to once again undergo biopsies. That is becoming a regular event, an annual reminder that I can always lose the left breast as well. And of course I think about mortality. I've lost enthusiasm, spirit, joy, energy.

The word I would like to see emblazoned across 2011 is "inspiration." I need some.


  1. dear karen, if it's any consolation: you've always inspired me, even when you were down. i'm sorry to hear both parents are gone - when that had happened to me, it changed everything. the very dimensions of my world. i wish you lots of strength and, of course, inspiration on that path - you're not alone, which, for me, is the ultimate consolation. take care - greetings from berlin!

  2. I am sorry. I hope 2011 is a better year, one for inspiration.

  3. Marcus, it's always good to hear from you. Thanks for the kind words.

    Jan, I'm sure it will have its moments. I'm just a gloomy gus at the moment.