Happy New Year to everyone. I hope 2015 is your happiest, best time ever. Do you do resolutions? Or do you do, like so many have said this year, “intentions”?
I don’t care that much for the intentions meme because it just makes me think of the old “road to hell” saying and I’ve had enough good intentions to make that a scary thought. I don’t make resolutions because that is just setting myself up to fail. I don’t mind failure all that much, because as long as I’m failing, I’m still trying, but I’m not going to invite it, either, thank you very much.
So I choose a word for the year. It wasn’t my idea, though I don’t know whose it was. In 2013, my word was joy—an easy choice because it’s my favorite word. In 2014, it was magic. I don’t remember why I chose this, but it was...well, yeah, it was a magical year.
This year, however, a word didn’t fall from the sky or wake me in the night. I couldn’t think of one. I even asked the pastor at church if he’d mind tossing some good words out there for me.
And even though he didn’t mean to—the word was just one he used in his sermon—and even though I’m not even crazy about the word, I snatched 2015’s word right off the pulpit.
No, wait, don’t judge. I know it’s not a cool word like magic or a beloved one like joy. It doesn’t even look pretty in print. But that’s the word. And here’s what I want to do with it.
- Expand my faith. No, I’m not going to proselytize or otherwise hit anyone in the face with it, but I am going to give it a bigger space.
- Expand my spirit. I’m a Pollyanna. I’m a happy girl who can find the good in almost any situation. I’m going to stop being embarrassed about that.
- Expand my vocabulary. I just love words, don’t you, and I don’t know enough of them. The fact that my...er...maturity is causing me to forget a lot of them necessitates me latching onto more and using them in fun places when I—
- –expand my writing. I’m not sure how, yet, but it needs to grow.
- Expand healthy diet and exercise, because other habits have caused a great deal of expansion in areas I don’t care to discuss.
- Expand the width of my mind. It’s so easy for it to narrow up, to think experience always equals rectitude, to close against things that are new or uncomfortable.
- Expand my horizons. I want to go somewhere I haven’t been, see things I haven’t seen.
There will probably be more expansion as I go along, and chances are good I won’t like some of it—that’s the way it goes.
So, Happy New Year to you. Good luck with your resolutions or intentions—or with your words. If you’d like to share yours, we’d be happy to hear them.
Oh! By the way, I sort of promised a prize with last week’s post. I’ve done a Random Name Pick and LoRee Peery is the winner!