There’s this movement that started a few years ago (at least, that is when I caught on) about choosing a word for the year.
I have really enjoyed this ritual as it has been a very grounding practice to think about how I want to structure my life and prioritize in the year ahead.
Over the past few years, I have leaned into the following words:
- Trust (2011)
- Space (2012)
- Clarity (2013)
After spending the last year focusing on clarity, I am clearer than ever that clarity does not equate to certainty – which is a nutty concept for someone who chased the false illusion of control for a good chunk of my life.
I am also more clear about my core values and how yucky it feels to be doing life out of synch with what I value most.
Focusing on clarity helped me get honest about how I want to:
- use my voice, time and resources
- respect my physical and emotional health
- make decisions personally and professionally
- connect with God’s Truth in a meaningful and authentic practice
Things are a bit more simple thanks to clarity – even amid the beautiful chaos of family and work life.
Word for 2014
I was in the kitchen cleaning up some dishes the other day wondering what my word will be for 2104. At first I thought I had no clue, but that thought was quickly replaced by the word “REST,” blinking in virtual neon lights in my mind (brightly and with great clarity – hah!).
Yes. The word rest deeply resonates with my mind, body and soul.
It is time to dig deeper on this concept and turn it into a practice like I have never known.
I love to work, I love to be active and always want to be doing something.
But without true rest, life is unsustainable.
Rest involves an element of trust, too (my word for 2012).
Do I trust God, myself and others so I can be still? Or will I let fear, worry, and discomfort override my longing for a deeper sense of what it means to rest?
As I reflect further on the word rest, I realize that play and creativity are going to be integral in my going deeper into the practice of rest.
It is during times of play and creativity my mind quiets and is prepped for true rest. It is in the zone of play and creativity I find a peace that is different that just a good nights sleep or watching a movie.
I look forward to digging deeper on the concept of rest here on the Potentia blog and sharing with you what I am learning as I research and experiment with the concept rest while listing to God’s voice on where I need to refine further how I do life.
It is going to be an adventure as I have some big things planned for 2014 both personally (celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary and planning our first extended family vacation!) and professionally:
- continuing to take (re) Define Courage to schools, churches and businesses
- kicking off I Choose Respect month in February in honor of Eating Disorder Awareness Month
- adding three more therapists to the clinical team at Potentia
- launching our first e-course, (re) Define Boundaries, which will address the core issues that get in the way of setting and then maintaining healthy boundaries
- and some really cool collaborations to be announced later in the year.
Whew! Life will be full and I am excited to see how I (re) define rest amid all of the dreaming, playing and creating on the calendar.
So tell me, how do you define and do rest? What is your word for 2014?
Happy New Year!
Cheering you on –