January 2, 2018
Slice of Life
OLW is giving me anxiety this year! Oh, to find the perfect word for me! I first became aware of the one word “movement” when our principal purchased multiple copies of the book, One Word That Will Change Your Life, for our staff. Many of us started the school year of 2014 with our word. I read the book. I did the preparation. The word was revealed to me: RELAX. It was the first year of being an empty nester. All 3 of my boys had been “launched” and they were doing really well, and it felt like I had earned a year to relax. I tackled that word for all I was worth all year long. As my sister told me, you’re going to work really hard at relaxing! Having reminders everywhere did help, and I feel good about the improvements it brought me and I still rely on it as a touchpoint for myself. The following year, after only a brief amount of consideration, I selected “present.” I liked the multiple meanings, all of which seemed like they could apply to me. My effort was C- and my success with it was equally mediocre. So last year I took a year off. No word to guide me. Now, with all the end of year chatter, I’m seriously trying to find a word to guide my 2018. I even reread the book last night. I’ve talked with my husband and one of my sons. I’ve prayed about it, and thought about it, and am now writing about it! The interesting thing is, the more I read what others say about their words the more confused I am! There are just so many options! The pressure is intense! We’re talking change your life status, people! So, here’s what I’ve decide to do. Wait it out. Let it marinate. Keep it in the incubator a bit longer. Have faith. Don’t force it. Let the word come to me.