I mentioned a few posts back that I was listening to the radio the other day, and one of the announcers suggested having a word of the year instead of making resolutions. I was really inspired by that and have been thinking for well over a week what my word will be. I like the idea of having an overarching principle, if you will, for the year instead of trying to keep often arbitrary resolutions and then feeling guilty about it when I don't.
So, in lieu of resolutions, my word for 2011 is going to be GIVE.
I'm not exactly why this is the word that just keeps coming back to me over and over. This was the first word that came into my mind when I heard the suggestions on the radio, and even when I tried other words, none of them felt like the right one. I am a very firm believer that God gives us creative seeds and ideas, and, while they don't really come in a loud booming God-like voice, when they come, even as a passing thought, I try to listen.
So what will give mean for me this year? There are many, many definitions of give. It can be in the form of material things, like giving someone a present. You can give someone your time. You can give them your heart and soul. You can give the benefit of the doubt. You can give understanding and compassion. You can give a smile or a hug. You can give something up. You can give someone your ear. You can give someone encouragement. You can give back. There are so many possibilities when it comes to giving, and I am not going to limit myself to any one.
I also like the word giving, because it means you are in the act. Always giving, always looking for ways to give, always thinking about giving.
There are some areas that will be harder than others for me, for sure. But over and over, the thought of giving all of these things this year is what is resonating with me over any other word, and I've already started my year of giving. While I'm not going to blog about my specific ways of giving, per se, because I feel that kind of defeats the purpose since it's not really about me at all, let me just say, in the few days I've tried to give first, I have really noticed a difference in my overall perspective. I am just more joyful, and I love it!
What are some ways you would like to give this year?