So for the last two years, I have taken notes from a book written by a local man in town called One Word. The idea and concept of this book is SO easy. You guys, we can all participate.
This book asks us to shed the idea of overbearing New Year’s Eve Resolutions. How many of us create these super-versions of ourselves for the New Year? We set off our year burdening ourselves with these huge hardships which lead to sometimes even more huge disappointments/ failures and self-hatred.
Not me. Not once I read One Word written by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Paige (I will post a link at the bottom of this post). One Word asks the reader to pray to find the One Word we should focus on and embrace for the first year. Everyone’s word is different and unique to them. Even people who chose the same word, chose it for different reasons and with different meanings.
For example. I know two people who chose the word Forgiveness last year. The first person chose that word because they were a recovering alcoholic and they were trying desperately to learn the art of self-forgiveness. Forgiveness for the things she remembered and the things she did not but knew hurt others. The second person chose forgiveness because they had a rocky upbringing and they were struggling to move passed the hurt, the shame and the disfunction experienced in their early years. Two different journeys all stemming from One Word.
Once you choose your annual word, you create (my fave part) a piece of art to display in your home or office as a reminder of that One Word you are striving to work on all year long. A lot of people paint canvases. My art for the passed two years has been ceramic that I paint and then the pottery place puts in the Kiln for me. It is a decoration and a reminder to me. It has been so very helpful and much less intimidating than a gigantic resolution that has a high fail rate percentage.
So, seeing as this has been such an incredible experience for me, I wanted to share it with my readers/followers. AKA My Blog Buddies. I highly recommend you check out One Word and see for yourself the power it can hold. The power YOU actually hold when you give attention and dedication to one focal point. Its a small concept with massive results.
Time for more personal sharing. I will tell you my words from the past and my reasons. Hey, we are all friends here, right?
In 2013, my word was Extraordinary. I chose this word because I wanted to make sure I tried my best to be extraordinary at everything I tried and I wanted to make sure that when I walked away from someone, that I had left them feeling extraordinary themselves. In choosing this word, relationships in my life seemed better, I was more willing to try and learn new things, I was kinder to myself and to others. It really was an Extraordinary experience.
2014 brought a new word (you must choose a new one each year. The word I chose was LIVE. I wanted to be sure that I was living to my fullest potential. I wanted to do the things I wanted and LIVE! This has been an awesome ride this year as I believe my attention and devotion to the One Word, Live, helped me to focus on myself. The word Live kept me driven with my writing and thrust me to pursuing my passions.
I hope you all will consider choosing One Word for 2016. Feel free to share it or NOT. Telling others your word is fine but it isn’t what this is about. This is a personal journey. I am happy to share with you.
My word for 2016 is Immerse. I feel so complelled that this is my word, I honestly feel that it chose me. Aside from being a writer, I also LOVE TO SWIM. I have gotten away from it and I have decided that my One Word will have Two Meanings. 🙂
The first and most obvious is that I want to get back to swimming. Back to the water and back to an early passion I had. I loved swimming even before I loved reading and writing (if you can believe THAT).
The second reason I chose Immerse is that I want to Immerse myself completely in my life. In my passions, in my family, in my joys. I simply want to be immersed in this glorious life and I am choosing this word as a daily reminder of that fact.
So take the plunge with me. Choose a word and watch the miracles take place!
You can find out more at http://getoneword.com/about-the-book/