Years ago, a friend told me about a practice of picking a new word to represent you through the upcoming year. Face it, resolutions are great for a few weeks and then our true nature breaks through and we revert back to our old habits. Ok, a few people stick with them, but the majority doesn’t.
I was one of those people. State your resolution, post how great you’re doing and then the topic suddenly stops coming up. That’s why I love picking a word to represent me. I honestly reflect on previous years. What has happened, how I handled things, who came into or left my life, etc.
All these words turned out to be extremely relative for the year they represent. With the new year only a few weeks away, it’s time to make the word selection that I will take into 2018. After careful consideration, the word I choose is,
In 2017, there have been new influences on how I view life. I have met some AMAZING people this year. I have received tremendous support. I have reflected on my life, up to this point and time. What does it come down to? Living a simple life. I have everything I need (except a cure).
Life really doesn’t need to be as complicated as we make it. I am as guilty of this as the next person. Simplifying how I choose to live will help declutter my mind and my life. A better devotion to Christ, realizing how important family is, having friends that support you are simple ways to have a very rich life.
There you have it: A SIMPLE recipe for the upcoming year.
Will you join me in selecting a word instead of making a resolution that you may or may not see through? Please comment with your word if this inspires you to follow suit.
The end of 2016 is quickly approaching. With it comes the promises of fulfilling those pesky resolutions people pick to force themselves to change in the upcoming year. Depending how much celebrating takes place on New Year’s Eve, those resolutions may not last a week; depending when they were made.
I gave up resolutions three years ago. Instead, a friend introduced me to a new concept: selecting a word to represent you for the following year.
That being said, it takes a bit of reflection and thinking to see what word would best represent you. There is no penalty for choosing a word that is way off base. There’s no word police, well unless you’re on Facebook. (hee hee)
Simply choose a word, based on what you hope to accomplish, changes that have passed or may come to pass and how you hope life treats you.
In 2015, my word was “perseverance”. It proved to quite the word that year.
In 2016, my word was “genesis”. While I had some new beginnings, it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for.
My word for 2017, after quite a bit of thought, is going to be….
How will 2017 influence me? Who might I influence? How will I react to those influences?Obviously, I can’t answer those now. You will have to check back around this time, next year, to see if my word was a good pick or not.
So, are you sticking with tradition or you ready to venture out into the word-picking world?
I had almost completely forgotten about it as the pressures of home and work have kept me extremely busy. So, I am taking a minute to see how my 2016 word has been working out so far.
It’s a bit more than half-way through the year. Lots has happened and you’d know more about what if I was a better blogger. Regardless, I think “understanding” has shown through in many ways; to date.
Without getting political, I have a better understanding of where my friends’ political views stand. I don’t agree with some of them, but I can follow their reasoning. It’s also helped me to understand where I do and don’t belong. I was feeling on the fence about certain groups I was in. Learning some new information helped me know that it was time to distance myself, in and in one instance, leave a group I thought was right for me.
That being said, a friend, has been very inspirational and looks for the good in others. I have gained more understanding into what my triggers are and am working on trying to see the other side of the coin, if you will. I’m trying not to judge as much, which in turn, leads to a better understanding of people and the situations they are going through.
For the most part, “understanding” has been a very appropriate word and it suits 2016 well. I will be selecting a new word for 2017, so join me closer to the new year to see what I have chosen. You too could join the “ditch the resolution and pick a word” club.
If this has intrigued you, and you’d like a word for 2016, go ahead…select one…see how it plays out for the rest of the year. If you’re not shy about it, I’d love to know what word you chose.