Watercooler Wednesday: goals unspoken


Welcome to Watercooler Wednesday, where the water is above-average, the topics are bubbly, and the company is sparkling.

We’re all shiny-new in the first flush of our 2012 goals, optimistic about the new year.  In the writing community, I’ve read about goals that reflect my own: taking command of one’s schedule; finishing that work-in-progress; blogging more often; learning more about our craft; connecting with others on social media.  Then there are the eat-better/exercise-more/quit-smoking kind of goals.  All worthy pursuits, and many of them not easy.

But what about the unspoken goals?  You know, the ones that seem to be no-brainers, because they are so important that we don’t need to state them in order to make sure we stick to them this year.

Or do we?

Here are a few unspoken goals for your consideration:


1.  I will laugh more.


2.  I will take time to appreciate nature.

3.  I will count my blessings.

4.  I will hug more.

image via fotowho.net


5.  I will look up at the stars from time to time.

image via scienceblogs.com


And, finally, what about this unspoken goal?

I will save a life.

Not a realistic goal, you say?  Perhaps you make more of an impact in the world than you think.  What despondent stranger will you inspire today, with a kind word or act?  What black sheep relative who’s difficult to get along with will you reach out to?   What student ready to drop out of class will you work with?  What frightened child’s hand will you hold?

Here’s something most of us will likely never do, but is inspiring, nevertheless:

Humpback Whale rescue


What are your unspoken goals?  I’d love to hear from you.

Here’s to a successful year of goals – spoken and unspoken – attained!

Until next time,




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20 thoughts on “Watercooler Wednesday: goals unspoken”

  1. Kerry MeachamKerry Meacham

    Great list, Kathy. Thanks for reminding us.

  2. Jill KemererJill Kemerer

    I loved this post, Kathy! The kitties made me laugh and everything else made me sigh with pleasure. Thanks for the reminder and have a wonderful new year!

  3. Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

    Fantastic pictures, Kathy! (I ALWAYS like your words. 🙂 )

  4. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    Love this post, Kathy. Reminding ourselves of these often unmentioned, but vital, goals can go a long way toward their happening. Thanks for uplifting us. 🙂

  5. Debra EveDebra Eve

    I’ve had to rescue my kitty from the top of a 25-foot tree, so maybe I’ve already saved a life! Thank you, Kathy. This is was just lovely.

  6. Louise BehielLouise Behiel

    Great pics and beautiful video. thanks for sharing. Whales are so amazing. I saw them in Boston for the first time, I was so moved. Amazing.

  7. Renee A. Schuls-JacobsonRenee A. Schuls-Jacobson

    I will work on my book a little every day until it is born. And I will plan this bar mitzvah.

  8. Natalie HartfordNatalie Hartford

    What a fantastic post Kathy and so true…the unspoken goals are as important to our life and happiness as all the others. I love yours and how you captured them. And that video – OMG – I cried. So beautiful!
    Some of mine, to adopt an attitude of gratitude, to see the good in people, to hope for the best, to love myself as best as I can and to be authentic.
    Here’s to a great 2012!

  9. Coleen PatrickColeen Patrick

    Unspoken goals–this is a great thing to consider!!! Love your photo pics too.

  10. Debra KristiDebra Kristi

    Love the way you did this Kathy! And I love your list. Thank you for sharing. Like the new profile picture too! 🙂


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