Happy New Years.
It’s hard to believe we are already three days into 2017. I enjoy new beginnings, the turn of the calendar from December to January offers a fresh start a newness of possibilities. It’s the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start over. I find myself reflecting on the previous year while considering ways I’ve grown or areas that need attention. I believe that we all have the desire to live a life that significantly matters. We want our lives to have a greater purpose and to impact others. Personally, I’m wired to grow by being a better wife, mother, and friend.
Every year I’d make New Year’s resolutions, only to forget about them by the end of February. Or maybe I got past the first couple of months but then, ugh! Life happens. The Unexpected.
I’ve done my fair share of goal-setting at the start of each New Year. My long list of resolutions rarely become a reality. I always had good intentions with my resolutions. While they sound like a good idea at the time, they frustrated me. Several years ago I was introduced to the idea of choosing only one word that would help navigate my days. It’s a one-word vision for the year that inspires me to live my best life and make the greatest impact.
So long to a long list of unattainable goals that often fell to the wayside by February.
Hello to intentionally living. My one word that would help me focus daily, all year long… One word that could sum up who I wanted to be and how I want to live for 2017. My one word that seems to appear everywhere from magazine covers to book titles.
My past words have included
These words shape not only my year but also my life. Each word became the compass that directed decisions and guided my steps.
Here are five easy steps to begin your journey with allowing ONE WORD to be your guide for 2017
If you have been alive for any amount of time, you know that accidents happen. Accidents can be big or small. Thankfully today’s crash, while an inconvenience, it was only minor.
The rain from last night and this morning have created slicker than normal roads. While sitting first in line at a stoplight, Jon heard the squealing of wheels from behind and begins to run the red light to miss the unpreventable crash of metal against metal. The jarring of an impact alerted me that we had were rear-ended. Recently we have had several fender benders as drivers seem to be less cautious, more hurried, and preoccupied. The first day of school I was side swiped by two different cars while I was sitting in my car at the school waiting to pick up Cayley.
Today I am thankful for a simple fender bender that is easily repairable. I am thankful that the driver stopped and had insurance. Often I take for granted that I have a car to drive, so I am thankful for the provision of a car. How about you, what are you thankful for?