Forgive me for this bit of navel-gazing today? We’ll talk craftiness and decorating soon to make up for it. – a
Last year I chose a word for the year for the first time. My word was “dwell,” and it was suitable in so many ways … even if I did kind of forget about it once summer rolled around.
After a whole lot of mulling it over, I’ve chosen a word for 2014.
I’m choosing it because it’s a word that I suspect is crucial to my calling, to who I am as a person and a writer, as a mother and a disciple, a wife and a friend. It’s a word for now. I’m choosing it because I absolutely must keep it top of mind in 2014, as I’m poised on the hinge of my thirty-something years.
This year I need to figure out what this word means for me and why it’s so crucial to my identity, to who I am and what I do.
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When I was in college, I had a professor I dearly loved. Her specialty was human development, and once–just speaking off the cuff in class–she answered a student’s question about her spiritual life.
I forget the question, but I’ll never forget her answer: she said that many of us have the impulse to share what we’re learning as we’re learning it: to talk through our epiphanies, to broadcast our insights as we receive them.
(Yep, I’m one of them.)
But she challenged us to be aware that there are times when we need to resist the impulse to share things as we’re learning them. Sometimes we need to sit with insights before we share them. We need to give those truths time to become ours before we give them away.
Even though I chose it, I don’t feel like my word is mine yet. It’s one I’m very much stepping into, and in 2014, I hope to do just that.
Many of you have chosen words for 2014, and I love hearing what they are, and why you chose them, and what you’re hoping and dreaming for the year ahead.
But this year, I’m keeping mine to myself … until it’s really mine to share.
Do you have One Word for 2014? This seems horribly unfair to ask … but tell us what it is in comments?