Your One Word
There is One Word that defines who you are. One Word that connects all the things in your life that make you come alive. (Evan Carmichael)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What is Your One Word?”
“It’s a beautiful idea I know from Evan Carmichael’s book with the same name. An extension of the One Thing mental model.
It’s basically the idea of condensing everything you stand for, your life philosophy and your Purpose – your reason for getting up in the morning, your Ikigai – into one word.
Evan makes the point that it’s not only useful for yourself – as a powerful mantra-word –, but also for communicating it to others. What’s inspiring for you can also inspire others.”
“What is your One Word?”
“My One Word is Beautify.
I’ve had clues about it in my own writings for some time.
‘How can I know when I’m on the Beautiful Path?’
‘You can SEE the breathtaking Beauty in the fabric of the everyday.‘
‘Such a beautiful day.‘
‘Every day is beautiful, you just can’t see it all the time.‘
‘Why are you doing x?‘
‘I’m expressing myself.‘
‘You’re thinking small.
Express yourself though your LIVING.
Make your WHOLE LIFE a Creative Act,
Make your WHOLE LIFE a Work of Art.‘
‘EVERYTHING is the Beautiful Game, EVERY SINGLE MOMENT.‘
‘I know, but I keep forgetting it.‘
‘This too is part of the Game.‘
Evan’s book was the catalyst that brought them all together.
Notice Beauty. It’s everywhere around you, if your Heart is open.
Appreciate Beauty. See every instance of Beauty for the Gift that it is.
Create Beauty. Always, in all ways.
Now, and forever.
Make your life / today / this moment a work of art. [Levels of Magnification]
Live a creative life. (Robert Rodriguez)
Maximize each moment’s creative potential. (Josh Waitzkin)
Make an art of everything you do.
Always do your best.
Make a game of everything you do.
The word means all those things, and many many more.