At the end of 2007, I was sitting in church in Orlando, and our pastor challenged us to do something for the new year: choose one word. He talked about choosing a word that would be an integral part of our life in the coming year. Intrigued with the idea, I spent a few weeks thinking about it and I chose the word change. Little did I know what kind of change that year would bring about.
Since that time, the concept of choosing a word for the year has become very popular, due in part to the project One Little Word by Ali Edwards. I have noticed, however, that the concept has moved far beyond scrapbooking. There are a number of other sites about choosing a word for the year including this one and this one.
It’s a simple concept, really, but it can have profound effects. For the past seven years, as I get to December and reflect on what it has meant, I have been amazed at the way life grew around just one word.
Perhaps in a world where everything fights to gain our attention, choosing just one word will help center you, ground you, and give you a feeling of purpose. I know it has for me.
So how do you go about choosing a word?
You can do it any way you want. It’s up to you and your personality, dreams, and goals.
For me, I always feel like my word chooses me. I spend time thinking and praying about it and all of a sudden, something comes to me and I just know….that’s the word!
Other people choose a word with intention — perhaps something they want to accomplish in the new year.
Still others choose a word that represents who they are or who they want to be.
It doesn’t matter how you choose it. It doesn’t even matter if it is truly just one word (one year, I chose the phase “Watch and Wait.”) Just the act of thinking and choosing can help you see your true priorities.