Happy 2014 everyone! I have to agree with most posts I have read and add to the chorus by saying that I was quite happy to see the tail end of 2013. I am looking forward to a brighter, healthier and happier 2014 not only for myself and my family but for everyone.
I start every New Year not so much with a resolution but with an intention or theme for the coming 365 days. That theme is usually comprised of one word. 2012 for example was my year of CREATIVITY. My intention then was to be more available and open to creative outlets. So not only did I write a novel but I started drawing again which I loved doing as a child but stopped when I got my training bra.
My word for 2013 was RESTORATION and I have to admit here that it was in fact a word chosen for me and not a word I would have consciously decided on. You may already know from previous blogs that I read the Bible or at least I try very very hard to carve the space and time to read it and reflect on a passage from the Bible every day. I knew by late 2012 that 2013 was going to be a challenging year for my family and I. Not only did we have BIG goals to meet as individuals and a family but we also had to meet certain residency requirements and make Canada, once and for all, our permanent home. For those of you who have moved countries/immigrated you will know what I mean when I compare it to moving mountains! (which I can assure you God will do for you if you ask nicely). I don’t have a ‘systematic’ way of reading the Bible since I have read it from cover to cover many times. Instead I open it up and read whatever chapter catches my eye. I got this idea from Debbie Macomber’s wonderful book One Perfect Word.
(The theme of RESTORATION comes up throughout the Bible but the passages that I was ‘compelled’ to read were mostly found in Jeremiah, the Psalms and Acts I)
Now you don’t have to be religious to find your word for the year. You don’t even need a Bible. What you do need I believe is faith. Faith that your Spirit knows what lessons need to be learned or qualities need to be explored or earned and it all starts with some quiet time. I made that time for myself yesterday and I discovered that my year of RESTORATION was also my year of APPRECIATION. I learned that real change only comes after you have learned to appreciate your current circumstances. Demanding change in yourself or in your environment only creates tension and builds barriers to progress. You have to start by appreciating what you have right now. 2013 was the year the scales fell from my eyes and I saw things clearly. I have a lot to be thankful for even when it felt at times, like I was ‘losing’ out on so much by turning down what I knew would be soul-crushing work and letting go of certain ‘friends’.
My word for 2014 is REFRESH and again it was chosen for me. I know. It’s strange. I need to ponder on this one.
What is your WORD (or words no need to limit yourself!) for 2014!
In the meantime I can tell you I am working on my goals for this blog and I am looking forward to sharing them with you.