I spent quite awhile debating if I wanted to try the “Word of the Year” for 2015 – which seems to be the thing to do lately! So one day I was lurking on Instagram (my favorite thing to do during hockey practice lately) and I stumbled upon the #OneLittleWord tag. I was intrigued and started to surf the web, and stumbled upon Ali Edwards and her One Little Word workshop.
I knew right away that I was going to participate. I had to. See, I’m a person who needs guidance. I need direction. (Otherwise? My ideas just sit in my planner and never go anywhere.) So I started to think about the possibility – did I really want to shell out $$ for this course? I mentioned the idea to a few friends, and one of them decided that “we” needed to do this together. So for Christmas? My fabulous friend gifted me the class! Decision made.
I just needed to figure out a word for the year.
I grabbed my list journal and started to dump all the words that came to mind. I had a small list and was satisfied that my word would be on that list, so I stuck the journal back in my purse and went about life. At this point, I still had 6 days before 2015, and I could think on my awesome words until I picked one of them.
Then I decided to pray about it. (I’m reading Immediate Obedience: The Adventure of Tuning in to God by Rod Loy and figured maybe I should ask Him what he thinks about my list, after all? I had Obedience on there.) I said a quick prayer, and then headed about my day. Not thirty seconds later I was sitting at a stop light and I got my answer. Action. It wasn’t on my list, I hadn’t even considered it. What an unattractive word.
So I ignored this idea, and kept going with my list. Listen would be great. I need to listen more. (My husband would agree, I’m sure.) And Patience is something I could always use more. Quite. Definitely quiet. All of my words were great, and I could picture myself in this ideal little world implementing each of these words.
But action kept popping up. One of the DJ’s on the radio was talking about taking action. I never listen to the radio, why was that thing even on?? (I am a Spotify girl.) I had a heated discussion with my husband, where he mentioned I need to have some action around the house. Who talks like that? Who says “You need to have some action”?? It sounds so strange. But he said it that way.
So I finally went back to that little whisper I heard when I originally prayed for direction. I wasn’t listening. So, I suppose? Action it will be. It’s not the prettiest word. But it’s grown on me. And I can see all the ways that I need to Take action in my life.
So there it is. 2015 will be the #YearOfAction in my life. And once a month? I hope to be able to update you on my Progress with the One Little Word project!
Do you have a Word of the Year? I’m curious to hear what everyone else is doing this year as far as resolutions and words go!