That zen proverb captures exactly what 2013 is about for me. Let me tell you why…
After having a little internal debate over whether or not to have a One Little Word this year, I finally made up my mind to have one. I thought about this topic back at the beginning of December and sort of shrugged it off thinking, “I don’t have time for another ‘thing to do.’” But this is why I caved in and fell into this long-winded conversation with myself about my word…
It’s pretty simple, really.
Having a sense of focus and direction comforts me.
It unnerves me to think of starting a NEW year without having some reNEWed motivation or approach to my life.
Wanna hear about my word and how I came up with it?…
(Fair warning… this post is long! They won’t always be like this, I pinky promise!)
Here are my ramblings about 2013 (basically notes I typed into my phone, lol):
“I can’t think of a word.
I don’t know if I really need one, but I feel like it helps center me as I take my first steps into the new year. It keeps me on track in a way that I know I’ll need.
This year was a struggle for us in more ways than one. There were new beginnings, and new challenges. There are things that I know I could have handled differently, experiences I wish I had gone through with a different frame of mind, and all too often there were missed opportunities for nurturing and even rekindling relationships.
But it wasn’t for a lack of want or intention. I made lists, calendars, set reminders, prioritized… But too many times when the pressure was on, I chose inaction over action, simply trying to avoid the stress. However, had I not waited, had I been more assertive, procrastinated less, the stress would not have been there to begin with.
These words keep coming to mind….
But these are more like results driven words, are they not??? How do I achieve them? I’ve been choosing words like this for years, and I’m always disappointed in the lack of results….
*puts phone down for a while*
I just finished browsing some daily devotionals to see which one I thought would fit me the best for the new year. Well, in the first one I read, it spoke of remaining ROOTED in God.
For years I have been so consumed with forward progress and upward growth. All along I was failing to recognize that without a strong foothold, without being properly ROOTED, I wouldn’t grow much at all!… I’d sway with even a gentle gust of wind… And any sign of turmoil would be sure to cause me to topple over.
Last year I allowed myself to be controlled by my circumstances all too often. With each gust of wind I swayed from happy to sad, from content to dissatisfied, from energetic to lethargic, or from peaceful to frustrated.
This year, I am making a purposeful effort to remain ROOTED in my faith, my beliefs, my support system, my family, those things that I know will help me through what I need to get through, and to wherever I need to get to.
This is going to require me to remain mindful of my actions and my goals. Like I said, a “purposeful effort.”
I stumbled upon a timely, and beautifully written post about being mindful of your goals at A Bowl Full of Lemons. Bookmark this one for sure!
And blessed, for despite my struggles, I have made some valuable, meaningful connections with some kind hearted, generous, thoughtful, hilarious, and just plain awesome people along the way this last year. I look forward to establishing myself in the way I need so that I can be a blessing to them in return.
That is one of my biggest desires this year… to make sure those who are near and dear are shown just how much they mean to me…. regularly.
And that’s that.
See, that didn’t take too long. ;)
What are your thoughts? What do you make sure to be ROOTED in to get through life? Your faith? Your family? I’d love to hear.
Ok 2013, I’m ready for ya!