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CHAMPAGNE: my word of the year – Jeremy Turkin

Champagne for my Campaign: 2011 Word of the Year

by jturkin on January 2, 2011

It’s not a bad idea to find a way to narrow your whole year down to a single word.  It widdles down the chaos of 365 24-hour shifts into something more manageable.

Imagine if you had a theme for all those 12 hour work days, those long nights, all the sleep you missed out on, the mornings you over-slept, the arguments, the victories, the exercising, the eating, the over-eating, the dieting, the cheating on the dieting, the TV you watch, the TV you miss, the going out, the excuses for not going out, and the negativity. Wouldn’t that make all those tribulations easier to get through?

My word for 2011: Champagne.

Champagne. A celebratory word. A bottle is popped at occassions of celebration. And this forthcoming year will surely provide plenty opportunities to rejoice. I intend to have a bottle of champagne in the fridge at all times in preparation and expectation of many impromptu celebrations. If I’m constantly planning something to celebrate, odds are I’ll be more likely to succeed (good luck rationalizing this). Better yet, if I plan on succeeding, I’m planning on celebrating. And if, by the end of each month, I accomplish nothing worth toasting, I can always raise a glass to how lucky I am (to have a family who supports me, to have a fiancee who puts up with me, for my nephew, etc.).

Champagne. A positive word. Nobody weeps over an open bubbly. We only drink it in high spirits.

Champagne. A word of moderation. It’s rare one will enjoy more than one glass (too much ignites a wicked hangover – but enough of that, I’m being positive)

Champagne. A word of appreciation. When you sip, it’s in appreciation of fortune bestowed upon you. It also helps you enjoy all the other riches in your life.

Champagne. A word of shared experiences. Noone drinks sparkling wine alone. It’s only experienced with friends and family and favorable acquaintances. Shared moments are truly the only moments worth re-living.

Champagne. A word of life. When a child is born, or two become engaged or married and prepare for a new life together, champagne is there to inaugurate the celebration (or in the case of some pregnancies, champagne might be at the root of the conception).

Champagne. My word for 2011. What’s your word?

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