Wednesday, January 11, 2012

One word 2012

Have you heard of picking one word to christen your year? 

I first experienced it last year, when the word possibility kept coming up over and over in a pay attention kind of way in January.  So, last year was the year of possibility: I learned to live in a sea of it and I found myself enjoying it the more it knocked on my door. 

New job for Mainbain? Possibility that turned into reality. Trip to Africa? Possibility {still}.  Ability to be a more compassionate mamma? Possibility, with ample practice opportunities.  Trip to France with dear, newly reconnected friend? Possibility.  Joy and excitement in cheering best friend onto start new charity.  Possibility turned reality.  Whether or not they turned into realities, this word kept me stable. Sane on the sea of what am I doing and how did I get here days.  It was an anchor, pulling me back to what I believe I was divinely led to experience last year.

I envisioned myself alone at the back end of a sailboat with the sail completely unfurled.  The sail is white and emblazoned on it is the one big word I will sail under and anchor myself to this year.  

reminder button compliments of Melanie
Content.  I'm shaking my head that this is the word I can see on 2012's sail.  I've been a destination junkie for most of my life - always looking for the Bigger Better Deal:  an event to look forward to or an improvement to my current reality.   I know this year's word is going to mean growth. And that the growth will carry the possibilty {probability} of growing pains. So Content? I'm not gonna lie - it makes me nervous.  I would like the cheat sheet on how to maintain contentment, please.  During wins and losses, strep throat and disappointments, I think I could put St. Paul's cliff's notes to good use this year:

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:11-13

I can learn to swim in the sea of this new word; after all I've got a whole year for this possibility to become my {new} reality. 


kimberlyrenee said...

hee hee. So, apparently God is trying to teach a lot of us about Contentment!! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a note! I'm so glad that God has shown you a similar thing. May we spur each other on ;)

Claire said...

Following you from Layla's party-4 boys each- I have 3 girls so our lives are very different but opposites attract-stop by for a visit!


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