Wonder

posted by Sharon January 8, 2013 28 Comments
Torrey Pines

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.

How about you? Do you have a word of focus this year?

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!

Linking up with This or That Thursday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Mary de Muth’s Pic4Year, Bigger Picture Moments, and Communal Global.

 

 

 

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28 Comments

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Ok So Far January 8, 2013 at 5:37 am

Beautiful, Sharon! Thanks for sharing this. Pondering a word for the year myself now.

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Kathy January 8, 2013 at 6:11 am

Gorgeous colors. And you captured the water so beautifully too.

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Janine January 8, 2013 at 10:04 am

Beautiful series of photos.

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Molly January 8, 2013 at 10:25 am

I don’t have a word but I have seen a few of these posts now and it has made me ponder the thought. If something comes to mind I might write about it although I am inclined to go with either… opportunity or growth. Choosing just one word is tricky!

I like your word though and I think it is a great idea, I know doing my 365 project has certainly made me see the world around me with lots more wonder!

Mollyxxx

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Patricia Hunter January 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Beautiful! Wonder is a great word. I have two this year: “Grace Savor”.

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jade January 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Gorgeous photos – and a lovely word to choose to guide your year!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin January 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm

What a great word and gorgeous pictures to go along with it!

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Mama Zen January 8, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Breathtaking shots!

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marty January 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Your images certainly captured the essence of your chosen word…especailly that first one!

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Shelli Bourque January 9, 2013 at 12:09 am

Great word and beautiful shots! The beauty of creation often makes me pause and enjoy the wonder of the Creator.

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Sherry Galey January 9, 2013 at 1:23 am

I think wonder is a terrific word and your images are definitely “wonder”ful!

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Karen January 9, 2013 at 3:58 am

Wonder-ful!

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Lizzy January 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Beautiful pictures. What a great word. My is gratitude – to make sure I look around and take note of the little and big things that enrich my life.

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Lizzy January 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

oops that should have said My word…..

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jonstolpe January 10, 2013 at 1:45 am

Great pictures (and word).

Epiphany is my word for 2013. I am excited to see God revealed in new ways as the year unfolds.

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Curt Odegaard January 10, 2013 at 5:26 am

Beautiful pictures. The first one is awe-inspiring. You are always a wonder to me.

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Kim Stevens January 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Yes, I have for the past few years been choosing a word to inspire me through the year. Last year was explore, this year is possible. I wrote a post about my word last week. Thanks for sharing, I love the word wonder and your photos are beautiful!

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hyacynth January 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Sharon, I love your word — wonder! As i looked at the pictures, I had such a sense of wonder. If only we could look at our life through this lens of wonder more consistently. Here’s to your year of doing so!

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alitajewel January 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Oooh this is exquisite. What a wonderful word to drive you through the year. I pray that this year carries delightful wonder.

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corinne January 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Those pictures are breathtaking… the world most certainly needs more wonder from us!

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shirley lemay January 10, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Just beautiful! Wonder is a great word – it makes you appreciate all that’s out there.

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Kaye Swain January 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

What lovely pictures. I love to point out gorgeous works of God’s art to my grandchildren as we ooo and awwww in amazement. I’m going with 5 words – the Fruit of the Spirit – with a different fruit each month, starting with Peace for January (thought we really needed some right now – I know my Sandwich Generation family does! 🙂 ).

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Mitzi January 11, 2013 at 12:51 am

Sharon, Wonder is such an awesome word for 2013! And the images certainly fit the word. Spectacular images!

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Susan Beth January 11, 2013 at 4:47 am

I love your word. My word this year is “Glorify” This is my 3rd year doing this project. Love it and how it allows me to focus on a concept for the year.

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Achieving Clarity January 11, 2013 at 5:12 am

You are already on your way because your stunning photography brightened (so 2012 I know!) my day with the WONDER of creation!

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mscarletti January 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I love hiking. Great photos

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kleinworthco January 14, 2013 at 5:10 am

Oh my word- I LOVE THESE! This is where I met my hubs oh so many years ago. We had hoped to try to get back home before making our move. Not sure when we will be able to get back now- but seeing your images takes me there for a moment.

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