Saturday, January 2, 2016

Just one word

My niece introduced me to the idea a few years ago of finding a word, one word, to set your intention for the new year.  

I have come up with this word. 


I will go into this new year with the intention to understand. 

Understand myself. 

Understand the other. 

Understand the world. 

Understand the lessons that are before me to learn.  

And today I keep thinking of this passage from the Bible.which I have heard so many times during Communion services.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

As I have said before in this blog, I need to protect my heart.  This is no less true today than it has ever been. 
What about you, dear reader?  Do you have a word for 2016?


  1. That's a good word. I'm not sure what word I would use. Acceptance maybe.

  2. I have been having such a hard time coming up with an intention this year!

  3. I think that is a great word for the year. I like Wendy's too of acceptance. I have not thought of a word yet, but it is a great idea.
    I hope that 2016 treats you well. :-)

  4. I have two words that, for me, go hand in hand. The first is 'balance", as I focus on leaving time for me and for the things that fill me with joy. The second is "no" - I must say no to things that will upset my work/life balance, or my parent/self balance, so that I don't get swallowed up into my jobs of teaching and parenting.

  5. Moderation... This year I am going to work to avoid extremes of all kinds...

  6. there are all good words. We should check back next December and see how it went, eh?

  7. there are all good words. We should check back next December and see how it went, eh?

  8. That's a good word. I don't know which one I'd choose. Motivation, maybe, but I know myself, it wouldn't stick.

    1. it doesn't have to be an every day of the year thing. Just a word that helps move you forward.


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