I sat a pondered this idea of finding a word that could sustain itself through a course of a year. One word that could propell me to dig deeper, stretch farther and grow. I bobbled a few words in my head for awhile but nothing felt right. At the moment when I'd given up finding a word, it found me.
Invigorate verb [prob. French. in- + vigor] (1646): to give life and energy to: ANIMATE; also SIMULATE
Since invigorate means in~vigor let's also look at the definition of vigor.
Vigor noun [Middle English vigour, from Latin vigor from vigere to be vigorous] 1: active bodily or mental strength or force 2: active healthy well-balanced growth 3: intensity of action or effect : FORCE
To be honest I'm a little daunted by this word ~ invigorate. It's a big challenge for me to be active, strong, giving life and energy to all the areas in my life. But I think I can do it. The Little Engine That Could comes to mind. "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can." Hopefully at the end of the year I'll be saying, "I thought I could, I thought I could, I thought I could!"
Here's to invigorate in 2011!