I've been patient. Probably too patient. It's just about February and I haven't officially connected with my one little word to help guide me through this new year ... that is now a month old.
I've tossed about words just as many of you have as well. Words that peak my interest. Words that light a little fire. Words that bring me joy. Words that speak to my soul.
In the past, my one little words have been safe words. Nothing daring and bold. Nothing that caused me big actions. But this year I debated. Maybe I should pick a word that will really challenge me. Change me. Chase me to something new.
But now that I've waited this long, I don't think I should wait for a bold word to grab me. I think I would continue to resist it ... and then the year would be over!
A few weeks ago, the word BELIEVE stuck with me. I want to grow more in my faith and deeply BELIEVE God is the author of my story. I want to BELIEVE this is the year of getting my body back and be healthier. I want to BELIEVE in myself and the work I am capable of doing at school. I want to BELIEVE I can make a difference in my life and others. I want to BELIEVE this world is a good place. I want to BELIEVE in the beauty of others. I want to BELIEVE in myself.
After scattering these thoughts, I closed my notebook, not really believing this was the word for me. Moments later, the girls and I hopped in the car and this is what I saw:
Yeah, I know. It's a clear sign, right?!? I just didn't believe it yet. The days have passed by and I pondered more words. Nothing seemed quite right. But that word showed up again and again in little ways.
Today, I received my copy of Peter H. Reynold's new book: The Word Collector. (Yes! Add this to your list to buy now!) I opened the cover to be surrounded by words and possibilities. And right there again was my word ... (taunting me with the bold and daring word of another.)
So, there it is. The world speaking to me to BELIEVE.