I…am a lover of words. Just thought I’d point that out.
I bust through word count limits. I talk a lot, especially when I’m nervous. I often know the answer when someone asks, “What does [obscure word] mean?”
Short story long, I’m prolific, you guys.
So when I first found out about OneWord365, my immediate thought was, “Impossible!” followed by a lengthy dissertation on why that was Impossible! for someone like me.
(Did anyone else notice it took me half of this post to tell you what this post was about? No one? Good.)
A few days before 2012, I was going down the list of my half-hearted New Year’s Resolutions, and one word (see what I did there?) kept cropping up:
(See also: on purpose. But that’s two words.)
And what a fancy word, right!
But it is what I want to be this year. In every aspect.
Deliberate in my relationships. With my husband, my children, my family, my friends. When I find myself losing patience, I will on purpose lower my voice, inhale nice and deep, and start anew. I don’t ever want my loved ones to feel as if they are an afterthought or a nuisance or a bother, so I will drive home the point that their presence makes me soar.
Deliberate in my well-being. I will on purpose drink lots of water, eat lots of what is good for me, and wake up early to get to the gym. (BOOOOO!) But. My skinny jeans will thank me. At least until it’s sundress season. (I’m looking at you, Spring.)
Deliberate in my writing. This is going to be a big one for me. Until I have a paycheck to tack onto my excessive word count, there is nothing holding me to the passion God has grown in me this past year. I will on purpose write more, write often, and, eventually, write better. Always better. I think it is high time I stepped out of my comfort zone and pushed my words just a little bit farther, and maybe to expect them to start pulling their weight around here.
Deliberate in my faith. Yes. I will on purpose saturate God’s presence, soak up His character, and fill myself more with Jesus, so that He is what overflows out of me. Amen.
What is your One Word for 2012?