I’m excited about my one little word for 2011. It’s the word I’ll focus on…learn more about…it’s the word I’ll rediscover.
I suppose you can tell what it is!
For so many of you this word is a no-brainer.
You’re positive and upbeat and believing comes natural for you. I love people like that. But I’m not one of them. I’m suspicious at heart. Leary. Uncertain. About almost everything. But lately I’m feeling a pull.
And the pull is in the general direction of belief.
I’m not talking about believing in a particular thing. I’m talking about a shift in perspective.
Less wrinkled brow.
Less suspicious eyes.
Less protecting my heart.
After all, you can’t believe without lifting the protective walls.
Right now this word is all sparkly and magical to me.
But I know it’ll look different in the months ahead. Because as magical as believing can be it can also be really hard at times.
This should be interesting my friends…
And about my one little word for 2010…Friendship…
I’ve been choosing a “theme” for the year for nearly 15 years.(My dear friend Beth introduced me to the concept of asking God for a theme for the year ahead) A couple of years ago after reading Ali Edwards idea of One Little Word, I pared it down to asking God to help me find a “word” for the year. A word that I could learn more about. A word for me to focus on throughout the year.
Every year I’m surprised when I learn things about my “theme” or my “one little word” that I never dreamed. (Like in 2009 when my word was “JOY” I learned that many times there has to be trust before joy comes. And trust isn’t nearly as much fun as joy!)
I have experienced so much love and support from my online friends this year, friends I’ve met through the blog and dear friends I’ve reconnected with through facebook.
But I also lost a friendship last year. I won’t go into details but I’m not a person with many face to face friends that I see regularly and this loss was enormous.
As the year came to a close I kept talking to The Husband trying to figure what in the world I was supposed to learn from my one little word. And now, honestly I feel like the year ended before the story ended. I’ve no bottom-line. No neat tidy bow is tying up the 2010 one little word. It looks more like this:
Here’s what I do know…I have so many wonderful online friendships. These are not like face to face friendships but let me tell you …they matter. And I’m thankful for them.
I have my sister and my friend life long friend Julie who I talk to every week. They don’t live close so I don’t see them often, but we’re there for each other.
My daughters are my best girlfriends.
I’m content with this. And who knows maybe the story on this one little word isn’t over…
Choosing One Little Word for the year is a creative as well as a spiritual ritual for me.
Do you choose One Little Word? If so tell me about your process and I’d love to hear about your lessons form 2010. And please, if you have one, what’s your one little word for 2011?
Want to know how other people choose their one little word?
HERE is a post by a dear blog-friend of mine, Kim Klassen. Kim talks about her process in choosing her one little word.
Tomorrow I’ll look back at some of my 2010 Favorites…my favorite project, recipe, photo…if you have a 2010 Best-Of or Favorite, how about linking HERE or come back tomorrow and leave a link in the comments tomorrow, I’d so love to see!
~love to you~