What’s Your One Word?
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
I was getting one of those blinking neon sign messages. You know the kind—the same message over and over, everywhere you turn. Eventually, you realize you have to pay attention.
That’s the way it was for me with this idea: Choose just One Word for the New Year. I read through a number of emails and websites in the few days before Christmas. So many espoused the value of just picking One Word to guide us through the New Year, instead of a long list often forgotten before January 31.
So I prayed about it, thought about, reflected on this. What should my One Word be?
Here’s a little Christmastime story that led me to my word.
I was so excited about Christmas. Every one of my kids would be home. These days, that is rare indeed. My married daughter would be home for a couple of days with her hubby. My living in D.C. full-time working gal would be home for a week. My college senior would be home for a month (and even her boyfriend would be visiting!). And my youngest would be home for another year and half before she left my nest empty. This would be a full family Christmas. I was overjoyed!
But all too soon I was thinking about how short-lived this scenario could be. Maybe this was it? Maybe it would never happen again? Once my kids all live in their own homes, they won’t always travel to mine for the holidays. And once they start having kids, well, they’ll want to be in their own living rooms.
My joy quickly turned to grief, despair, fear…”Poor, poor pitiful me…Nothing lasts forever. What will I do when this happens?” I was beginning to get anxious, edgy, and angry about the upcoming reality.
But was it a reality? Or was it my imagination? My thoughts took me away from the beauty that was right in front of me and transported me to a place where my mind wandered through the pain and loneliness that might lie ahead.
If I kept thinking along these lines, I threatened to make life miserable for everyone. I might be lying on the couch crying, cranky, resentful, instead of contentedly munching on the Land of Nod coffee cake, sipping my Starbucks Mocha (yes, even on Christmas!?), and enjoying the glee as each one of my kids went to their stockings and opened up their gifts.
Which would I choose?
Snap out of it. “Be here NOW,” a not-so-quiet voice rang in my head.
NOW. That’s my word. It’s a good word. A constant reminder of living in the present.
NOW is the time you have.
NOW is the time to move forward on your passion and purpose.
NOW you have an opportunity to exercise or put it off.
I asked my family members to think about their One Word and the results have been revealing, touching, and even helpful as they guide my prayers for each person.
So what’s your one word for 2012? Think about it. Pray about it. And share it!
(If you want to read more on One Word, go to Jon Gordon’s site at http://jongordon.com/newsletter-010912-oneword.html. You can even print out a FREE poster.)