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One Word of Inspiration for the New Year 2017


“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language; and next year’s words await another voice.”
T.S. Eliot, poet

If you were to choose one word as a guide in the new year, what would it be?

Share  it in the comment area.



Author: Sara Light

Sara Light has been writing professionally in Nashville since 1996. Her credits include the John Michael Montgomery title track and the hit single "Home To You" which received an ASCAP airplay award in addition to being named SESAC song of the year for having garnered 2 million spins on radio. She also composed songs for the musical "Urban Cowboy, The Musical" which opened on Broadway in March 2003 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score." Sara has always combined her love of teaching with her love of songwriting and has given countless songwriting seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2001 she co-founded, along with her husband Danny Arena, the online educational website Besides being one of the main administrators (and now bloggers) Sara teaches Song Feedback and Lyric Writing at

12 thoughts on “One Word of Inspiration for the New Year 2017

  1. Joy. In 2017 I will consciously seek out reasons to feel joy and acknowledge the joy inherent throughout my day.

  2. Persistence

  3. Rise

  4. Sublime

  5. Forward! / Persevere / Try / Do / Now!

  6. All of these are inspiring. For my one word “Rise” it’s the first word of “Rise, let us be on our way” quote of St. John Paul II in one of his books.

  7. Kindness

  8. Reconnect

  9. persistence

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