Word, Second Edition

Last year was the first year I picked a word to guide me, and it
ended up being an awesome way to experience all 365 of those days.
My word for 2010 was listen and it very quickly became a
touchstone for me; like my own personal mantra.  It helped me to
hear my family in a new way, to hear God when He was talking to
me, and to hear my own heart so I could be true to myself.
There were plenty of times I thought I knew better and didn’t listen
very well, but even in those situations my word eventually came
through.  It gave me the courage I needed to take my life in a
new direction, and it helped me to see the importance of saying no.
After having such a great experience last year I knew I needed to do
it again, and in mid-December started thinking about which word to choose.
There were many contenders…hope, peace, live, be, accept, free, grow.
As it turns out though, the one word that kept creeping into my mind, the
very same word I fought each time I thought it, became the one that I chose.
There’s no doubt that this word chose me this year.  I fought
against it.  I mean come on…love?  I already have love in my life
so what could I possibly gain from this word as my guide.
And then I realized what it was trying to tell me.  What God was
trying to tell me.  He wants me to not only accept my life as it is on
this Earth, but to love it.  He wants me to love that my life doesn’t
look the way I had planned, so that my heart can let go of what it’s still
hanging onto.  He wants me to love the broken and crumpled up parts
of myself so that I can love myself and the world without hesitation.  He
wants me to love the person in front of me, even if it’s a person that’s
afraid of me and my loss.  He wants me to love like Him.
So there you have it.  Love.  My word for 2011.
I’m excited to see where it leads me, and kinda terrified, too.
I’m pretty sure that sweet and innocent little four letter
word is going to rock my world.
What about you.
Did you pick a word for the new year?
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