What’s your one word for 2013? If you haven’t chosen one yet, I encourage you to give this some thought. A word can shape your outlook. And it can inspire us to be on the lookout. It can enrich us, spur us on, color the year.
My word last year was BRIGHTEN. Looking in the rear view mirror at 2012, I know I missed countless times I could have brightened someone’s life. I also know sometimes it worked. Because people would tell me, along the way. They said things like “I was feeling down when I came over, but after talking with you I feel encouraged.” Or “You were one of the few who took the time to come by.” Sometimes I saw the brightening in a smile, in a step that was a little springier, in a connection that cheered up me, too. In a thank you when I put in extra effort, when I became part of a team to make the whole better. I’m betting these happened more often because I was purposely looking for little ways to brighten someone’s day.
I’m in the habit now of looking for ways to brighten up my little corner. Now it’s time to move into 2013 and choose a new word. Here it is:
Why “wonder”? I believe this is how we should view our world and each other — with wonder. Age and years and day-to-day life make it easier to lose the wonder. This is my daily reminder to look around me and really see, really appreciate what is there. To get off automatic pilot and actually notice. I’m not good at this. I plan to get better at it.
On New Year’s Day we hiked at Torrey Pines, a preserve above the ocean in La Jolla. The fragile sand hills, the scrubby pines, the endless deep blue, the changing skies — breathtaking beauty that invokes a response of wonder.
That’s Day One of this year. So keeping in the front of my mind my word, I’ll be looking for wonder every day. Here’s what Oswald Chambers writes: “It is this attitude that keeps you in perpetual wonder–you do not know what God is going to do next.” I’m looking forward to a year of perpetual wonder, through whatever happens.
My one-word button is a gift from Melanie at Only a Breath. She’s a generous blogger who’s offered to make a button for all of us! So choose a word and go for it!