Over the radio the past few days I’ve been listening to the disc jockeys talk about this “one word” challenge they were doing, and encouraging others to do as well. The station is a Christian music station, and the idea apparently grew from a church somewhere in the United States… although I admit I haven’t been in the car enough to know which church exactly it is.
The basic idea is this. Instead of choosing a list of resolutions for the New Year, you choose ONE WORD that you will strive to live up to/after. It can be ANY word. Just because it came out of a church doesn’t mean it HAS to be something uber-spiritual, although there’s definitely nothing wrong with that avenue.
I’ve been thinking about this for a few days. I never had many “resolutions” to begin with for this year. I guess it boiled down to three main goals…
1. I wanted to fully commit to a homeschool preK curriculum (even if self-developed) beginning this fall. This coming year (2010-2011) will decide for us if homeschool is the correct option for the oldest. I know I need to be fully committed to the year in order to have the best idea of what it would look like in the future.
2. I wanted to maintain devotion to doing a Bible study on my own time. I opted out of the Wednesday morning study our church offers this semester because, well, I know my limits. Making it out of the house by 8:45 every Wednesday with three children ages three and under… I get a little stressed just thinking about it! 🙂 So, I decided that I would do a study on my own this semester, which is a little more challenging in that I know that no one else will be holding me accountable for completion. (so far… I’m still working on it!)
3. I wanted to pay off our lowest debt completely by the end of the year. Yes, like many “good American families”, we’ve managed to acquire some debt since the babies have entered our lives. Most was not intended, but the recession and subsequent paycuts and lack of work for me to do at home kind of sped the process up a bit last year. We are determined to stop that train from rolling along, and this particular bill makes the most sense since it will be fully due at the end of 2011 anyways.
Those were my “goals” to begin with for the year. Not much, since I don’t have much time to focus on anything besides kids these days, but something definitive to work towards in all areas.
After hearing this “One Word” challenge, I began to think… was there a single word I could use to encompass not only the goals I already had, but also all of the unspoken hopes I had for myself this year? What did I want most to look like at then end of this calendar year?
It’s a lot to think about.
I finally came up with my word. I cannot say that it will be put into effect perfectly every day, but I hope by the end of the year I am more like this than not. I plan to print the word and place it in view in several key locations… my computer screen, my bathroom mirror, my car console. I also plan to find Bible verses to reinforce my word to memorize with it (I haven’t done this part yet… I just came up with the word last night!)
So, my word… what is it??? Is the anticipation building??? 🙂
Content. As in, contentment.
That’s it. I want to practice/learn being more content with my circumstances. It’s easy these days (for anyone, I think) to become frustrated with their circumstances, particularly things they can’t really control. I fall prey to this as much as any other human. At the end of this year, I hope that my emotions will not override my knowledge that really, my life is quite blessed.