Friday, December 31, 2010

one little word...

Ali Edwards is a scrapbooker and blogger who had the popular idea for the One Little Word project – to choose a word to focus on for the entire year.  She says:
It can be something tangible or intangible. It could be a
thought or a feeling or an emotion. It can be singular or
plural. The key is to find something that has personal
meaning for you. This is not your mother’s word or your
spouse’s word or your child’s word – this is YOURword.
One little word can have big meaning in your life if you allow
yourself to be open to the possibilities. And here’s one thing
that is totally interesting: sometimes a word will pop into
your brain and it will not make any sense to you right now.
Give it some time. Let it percolate a bit. I have often
found that our hearts speak to us in very unique ways.
Maybe this is a word you need to hear but just aren’t ready
for it yet. Again, be open to the possibilities.
Another photographer is doing this idea in photo form with her One Little Word – Captured project.  She invites:
Join me beginning in January for 52 weeks of a photographic interpretation of your word for 2011. A goal or intention. A deliberate approach. A way to share and encourage each other throughout the year.
I think its a great idea.  I don’t like New Year’s resolutions because I always feel like I fail when I don’t keep them.  Choosing a word shows intention and gives you a sense of purpose for the year without feeling the heaviness of keeping a bunch of new rules.
And it is similar to something the church I worked at did with their Epiphany Stars.  Each year on Epiphany Sunday,  we would receive a word written on a laminated star.  This reformed worship article describes it well:
A star gift is simply a star-shaped piece of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it. Every person who comes to church on Epiphany Sunday receives a star gift and is asked to reflect on that word for the coming year. The people are invited to ponder what significance this word might have in their lives, and how God might be speaking to them through that simple message.
I loved the Epiphany words and I love this idea.  I’ve been thinking about what word to choose for the last few weeks.  I’m still thinking.  I’m pretty sure I know which word I’m going to choose, but I’ll let you know on Jan. 1st, 2011.
Feel free to participate with either of the above bloggers and let me know what word you’ve chosen.  Happy New Year’s eve!

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