Monday, January 7, 2013

ONE Word

I've seen it all over the Internet: what is your "One Word" for the new year? Instead of making a list of resolutions, choose one word that will be your guide through 2013, a word of inspiration or reminder. A reminder of what is important or what you want to be. A word of encouragement. One word to meditate on throughout the year.

In 2013 my focus will be on the word "Blessed." I have been blessed beyond all measure. I have been given, "a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over."

 I was born in a great country full of opportunity. My father never graduated from high school, but his children were able to attend college. I was born to parents who love God and taught their children to love and honor Him.

Most of my family are nearby, and we love each other and enjoy seeing each other often. There are no family quarrels or grudges being held. My husband is my very best friend and loves to spoil me rotten.

I don't just have food, clothing, and shelter; I have a very nice house in a nice neighborhood. I have more clothes than fit in my closet, and they come in several sizes because I have access to too much food.

All of my needs and most of my wants are met in abundance.

And still, I find things to complain about.

My job makes me tired, but I have a job when many people don't.
I get sick a lot, but I have access to  excellent medical care.
I don't like the way other people drive.
I don't like crowded stores.
I don't like dirty public restrooms.

And you KNOW I don't like bad spelling and grammar!

I know my blessings outweigh my minor complaints, but I indulge in whining anyway. So my One Word for 2013 is "Blessed" to remind myself to count my blessings and to not focus on my inconveniences.

To keep my One Word in front of me, I created the One Word bracelet and put it in my Etsy shop. Now you don't need a bracelet to focus on your One Word. You can tape the word to your mirror or your refrigerator. You can keep a One Word journal and write daily about how you exemplified your word that day. You could do many other things. Or, you could wear a bracelet. (Edit: I'm not longer in business on Etsy.)

I've seen many different "One Words" across the web: Believe, Bliss, Breathe, Create, Faith, Focus, Hope, Joy, Karma, Laugh, Live, Love, Pray, Relax, Shine, Sing, Thanks, Trust, Write.

It doesn't matter what the Word is as long as it means something to you. What is your One Word for 2013?

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One Word 2013 Blog Hop