I'm a bit late posting my word not because I haven't settled on a word, but because my mind has been full of so many words, and thoughts, and to-do's, and feelings lately...that I have been too scattered to put them down into any organized form.
You: So, what you're saying is that you write best when your mind is empty?
Me: Yes. Don't ask questions.
You: But, wouldn't having no thoughts imply having nothing to say?
Me: Shhhh..... It's complicated.
If you want a more detailed explanation of my whole One Word approach to the New Year, you can read about it here and here. I simply do not have the mental bandwidth to re-hash all of that so links are going to have to do.
If you are really bored (or are trapped under something heavy and are looking for ways to pass the time) and actually clicked on those links, you will learn that in past years coming up with my One Word took a bit of effort. There was a sort of process, if you will, that I went through to arrive at my all-important, annual One Word.
This year, my One Word came to me in early December and never left.
The fact that it was so effortless makes me wonder if I am subconsciously cheating and just opted to settle for the first reasonable word that came to mind, (As opposed to the many unreasonable words that come to mind for me all the time like: Doritos, pizza, cookie dough, margaritas...yes, I'm hungry...and no, none of those would make a good One Word....or...would they??)
Anywhoooo....as I was saying, my One Word came to me in early December and decided to stick around for the long haul.
Since then, there have been some seismic changes in my life, but oddly enough, I feel like my word still fits. So, maybe I wasn't cheating after all? Maybe this is truly the word I need in 2016?
So, without further ado... my One Word for 2016 is...
A tiny word but one that is just chock full of promise and potential. It's almost shiny in its aura of hopefulness and optimism. Except when it isn't...
See, I'm not always a person who enjoys new things. I can be pretty content to have everyday play out with the predictability of Groundhog Day, slightly tweaking things here and there until I can finally get things right.
New can be exciting! But new can also be scary.
New opportunities can open doors to blessings you never imagined! And sometimes you have to find your way to a new normal that you never dreamed of or wanted.
In 2016, my intention is to be more open to change. To embrace the NEW and not cling to the old out of fear or intimidation.
Don't get me wrong, I am well aware that new is not always better. In fact, my more conservative nature tends to lead me more toward the end of the spectrum that says new is rarely better (can we bring back the Betamax and cassette tapes?). I'm not throwing out anything of value in my life, regardless of how well seasoned. I'm keeping my marriage, my family, my friends, my faith... Nothing crazy is happening here. I'm just going to work on not having knee-jerk reactions to new possibilities in the year ahead.
This might mean saying yes to things when I would normally say no, or no to things when I would normally say yes.
It means allowing myself to be different and not getting trapped in an unyielding mindset of who I am. More and more I am realizing that we are always changing, always growing. In fact, I believe that we are created to change! So, who I have been does not dictate who I might be tomorrow, or next week, or next year.
I often catch myself giving myself labels- "introvert", "homebody", "someone who doesn't like change" (for example)- but these are all just mindsets for the most part. Sure, we all have God-given traits that make us different and unique, but I don't think God meant for any of those traits to resemble handprints pressed into concrete- frozen and unchanging for all of time.
Sometimes it's just a matter of stretching ourselves in the smallest ways, a little bit each day.
2016 is already giving me opportunities to live out my One Word- in ways that are both exciting and sad, scary and hopeful.
In the category of new things that I never dreamed of or wanted...
2016 will be the very first year of my entire life that I will spend without this beautiful soul's physical presence. My cousin, my playmate, my inspiration, my soul-sister, my buddy, my lifetime companion...
|I know, I look very suspicious here. But trust me, I loved her right from the start.|
|Tracy taught me the art of vacationing and the importance of a beach beverage from a young age.|
|I met my husband thanks to these two.|
|We raised this mob of boys together, and then the little Princess who tagged along later.|
|A million small moments and good times.|
And, of course, only those two were ready for the pic.
Always camera ready!
|No one has ever made me laugh harder.|
(Try to ignore that my hair looks like David Cassidy.)
(Windblown is not my best look.)
|Our whole family is missing this girl.|
|We called ourselves the A Team (silly, inside joke).|
The A Team will never be the same...
|"...and all the trumpets sounded for her on the other side."|
I miss you every minute of every day.
In the category of scary but hopeful new things...
|The Sawyers are taking their road show east of the mountains.|
I really honestly never thought I'd say these words.
We are moving.
Not until the end of the school year so it isn't imminent, but it's happening.
I don't know what to say about that quite yet, except to say to all of our friends and neighbors who we have spent our lives with for the past 24 years, we love you. We love this city. We love this neighborhood. We love this home.
And we will still be around. I promise.
And that's all I have to say about that right now (as I channel Forrest Gump) but I imagine there will be lots more words on this subject forthcoming.
And there will be whole bunches of NEW that will go along with it.
For now, I will leave you with my 2016 verse of the year:
|Let it be so.|
Happy New Year, friends.
Let's make it a good one.