"To be is to do" - Socrates
"To do is to be" - Sartre
"Do Be Do Be Do" - Sinatra
― Kurt Vonnegut
I realized my problem with "transform" is that (for me, in this situation) "transform/ation" is the end product, not the action. Things, ideas, and situations can be "transformed" - but there is an action that happens sooner, in order TO "transform" something. I can't directly "transform" something, I can only set the process in motion.
Maybe the distinction is too subtle to be relevant, and maybe for some situations it's not even accurate - but it was important for my clarity of thought (ie, "transform" wasn't working for my blog/memo board because I got bogged down in the details of what it meant to "transform" something, how big it had to be to be considered a "transformation" and not just a "change" - and as far as my internal process, it was all *SO* internal that words to describe it escaped me entirely).
So, my new word for the remainder of 2013 is DO. Short and to the point.
No slight intended to the "be instead of do" crowd (although - see above quote, *grin*), and I truly understand that DOing is not intrinsically anymore valuable than BEing. Been there, done that. I spend enormous amounts of time just BEing, and that's ok. But that's not what this is about.
I currently have restricted ability to DO anything (mostly due to multiple chronic illnesses and extremely limited finances). This is ok, and I am not judging my ability to DO against anyone else's standards or expectations. But I *want* to DO some things - earn a bit of money, create things, give things away, make other people smile. When I am in a position to DO something, I tend to consider all of the options carefully, knowing it may be the only constructive thing I can DO for awhile. For me, tho, this frequently backfires, as I spend all of my resources considering the possibilities - and by the time I have any kind of decision made, I am no longer able to act.
So, DO is a reminder to myself to DO *something* (when I can, within my limits, and things that I have already chosen as important to *me*). *Everything* on my mental to-DO list is valuable and relevant - *how* important it is isn't as important as getting *something* accomplished. I can just pick one - it doesn't have to be the "best" one or the most objectively important.
"Transform" is staying on my bulletin board - I will add DO over it. Somehow that seems appropriate.