I started hearing about this a few years ago. A local minister asked his congregation to consider coming up with a word to inspire them for the coming year instead of resolutions. It's a phenomenon that has happened all over the place and in my online world I have seen it in various places. My father and I started talking about what word we would use for 2011. I was very curious to hear what his word was going to be. He is four weeks into a recovery process that is guaranteed to last at least 4-8 weeks longer. When I arrived at the Rehab Hospital yesterday, he told me he had settled on a word. Dad's word for the year is "Faith." Do I even have to say that I cried?
I have been wrestling with words and ideas, trying to figure out what my one word would be. It hit me like a bolt of lightning.
I need to remember that I have what I need to meet any challenge that comes my way. Doesn't mean they will be easy, doesn't mean they will be resolved in a way that I will like, but I can meet them. The other half of that word is that I need to challenge myself. I find comfort in routine and the familiar, but I consistently feel like I am being called to step out of what I know. I need to challenge myself more. I'm not sure what that's going to look like, but you can be certain I will let you know.
And what about you? Do you have a word or resolutions you have made for 2011?