In 2008 my word was Discover. What I discovered was largely unpleasant, although self-knowledge is always valuable: I discovered that I could hold onto most of my life even through an injury that resulted in temporary disability. I'm not yet fully healed, and it's easy to re-injure myself when I try to do more than I'm currently capable of.
I've had a word rolling around in my dreams and my waking thoughts, so I'm picking it for 2009. The word is strength. I am a strong person in many ways, and it's time to incorporate that into the identity I hold for myself instead of thinking of myself as weak.