I have been giving a lot of thought to the word for the year. I have never had a word as successful as my first, which was “enough” in 2009. After that one, I went all touchy feeling for a couple of years and failed completely to embrace them. Last year I went for something measurable – “cholesterol” – but failed on that one too. I think the problem has been that just having a word can’t force me into doing something. I have to be there mentally already and have the word just be the icing on the cake. So since I’ve been feeling the need to get rid of stuff again (the last great purge was in 2005 after my mom died), I’ve been considering words along those lines. Purge seemed too clinical and brought to mind puking so I was throwing around decrapification but that seemed negative too. Then my new office mate, Cindy, came up with Output. Eureka! Output is the opposite of one of my Gallup strengths, input, which I fight tooth and nail because the end result is too much stuff. And as Cindy pointed out, output can mean lots of things – outputs of energy, emotion, whatever. But I’ll be happy just to get some crap out of my house. I think this word is going to work out. Wish me luck.