I started keeping an annual journal in 2005 and in 2008 I began selecting a word to set my focus or tone for the year ahead, rather than setting resolutions (I'm not so good at keeping those). I thought that after the year that has just passed, I wanted to be sure to select something gentle. Here's to a much kinder year ahead.
If you want to learn more about selecting a Word-of-the-Year, please visit Christine Kane's website here, where I first read of the practice, though I have since learned that it began in Germany as 'Wort des Jahres'. You can also read more about my previous words here.