One little word: Gumption

Life…as I see it
I really wanted to participate in this.  I hope I understood it right.  Pick a word…a goal, even, for 2011 – then photograph your progress each week while attempting to reach said goal.  Sounds simple enough.  But first I had to get a word.  A word for 2011.  And nothing came.  I thought and thought.  And nothing.  I was going to go with “Courage” but that didnt seem right, didnt fit, and I didnt like the way it sounded.


Popped into my head.  To be honest, I had not the slightest clue what it meant.  Ok maybe I had a fuzzy idea on how to use it in a sentence, but not what it actually MEANT.

The first definition I found sold me:

Courage to act: The courage to take what action is needed.
Common Sense: Practical common sense, and presence of mind.

They both sounded like they held good meanings, and something that would be good for 2011.  With everything that happened last year, and everything that is happening this year, gumption seemed to be something I am really going to need.  Plus the word courage was in there, and since I was already thinking about that word, it pretty much sealed the deal.  But I decided to look a little further (read: Search the word on google) and I was sold.

Googles definition is pretty much the same, with a twist.  And what is life without a little bit of humor too?

And I laughed.  Literally, out loud.

Gumption: “Common sense: sound practical judgment; “Common sense is not so common”; “he hasn’t got the sense God gave little green apples.”


9 thoughts on “One little word: Gumption”

  1. I actually thought of food when I read GUMPTION. Not sure why. My word is “Courage”. When you think about it “Gumption” really sums it up for you.
    Good luck with that 🙂

  2. what a great story about finding your word. it doesn’t always find you, does it?
    i’m looking fwd to following along with you on this project!

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