Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My ONE WORD for 2013 - Embrace!


It is the SECOND day of 2013 and I sit here in my home staring at the ONE WORD that I thought, think, believe, know is my focus and standard for this new chapter of life. If each calendar year is a chapter in a life story, I am finishing up my 57th chapter. How do I want to write the 58th chapter? 

My mom had only 20 more chapters left at this point in her story. I may live longer or shorter than she, but it gives me a perspective that pulls the big picture into sharp focus, like the half-click of the focus button on my camera. I can click away, recording multiple shots of blurry action, or I can slow down and patiently click the button only half way and allow it to bring the picture into sharp focus and clarity. One sharp picture is worth much more than a dozen fuzzy shots.

This is not a post about being old and facing the final chapter of life. Fifty-eight is not old. (It's NOT!) But the reality is that my story will be what I decide to make of it. How do I want to be "summed up" at the end of my life? This may sound creepy, nevertheless; we are now living the words that will make up our obituaries. 

So I stare at this word Embrace. Last year my ONE WORD for the year was "Trust". I needed that reminder last year. I am happy that my word for this year, "Embrace" is about much more than surviving, it will be about moving forward with enthusiasm and purpose. 

Embrace is about opening my heart all the way. No reservations, calculations and cautious carefulness. Well, LESS anyway. It is time to stop over-thinking and self-editing so much. I think that God is urging me to stop holding myself back in many areas of life. In small things and big things.

Why not get silly about a holiday like the first day of a new year, even if it is just a day like any other? Why hold back the urge to clap and cheer at the end of a great movie like Les Miserables? Why save "special candles" for some future unknown occasion? Why not let the dog on the couch for some cuddling?

Some of the small-ish ways that this word "embrace" is already impacting my life. 

Embrace is an all-encompassing, enveloping word that evokes cozy hugs and inclusiveness. Warmth and acceptance. It makes me think of comfort, openness and love. It is laughing out loud, not just "lol"-ing, but tilting the head back and releasing a true and hearty laugh.

Can someone approaching her 6th decade learn how to loosen up more? To finally allow the scrunched up shoulders to fall and take a deep breath? To uncross the arms and embrace life to its fullest? 

Deep breath released, shoulders fall away from the ears....yes. 

Thank you Father, for this new year with a new focus and purpose and design. I open my heart and my arms to You and say "Yes Lord". Your strong embrace encircles me as I explore this new freedom that comes from You alone.

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I want to send a big "Thank you!" to Melanie at Only A Breath for so generously creating my pretty ONE WORD graphic exactly how I wanted it! The smaller dots at the beginning of the circle that grow as they progress, illustrate how we will grow and change as the year continues. Thank you Melanie!

** Update: I am also LINKING UP HERE. v  Come see many more great ONE WORDS!

The Lettered Cottage



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17 comments:

  1. Susie: You have invigorated someone almost a decade your senior. ME. But that is a great thing. I will be focusing on the word GRACE this year.

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    1. That is wonderful Quietspirit, I am so happy when I hear that my words have helped someone! "Grace" is such a power-packed word full of life, freedom and renewal! What a great year you are in for! Keep me posted ok?
      Susie

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  2. From someone who is already embraced the 6th decade of life...I can say that it just keeps getting better. You are on the right track...keep looking forward and up...God has big plans for you ahead. I am looking forward to this year in blogging with you!!!

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    1. Has embraced, not is already embraced... sorry.

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    2. Yay for good news from the road up ahead! Ha! I have so enjoyed getting to know you better this year Pamela, who knows what we will be blogging about by this time next year!

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  3. Oh I see you as one who does indeed embrace life and learning. You are one who has embraced the real life and left behind the old worn paths for new roads...I see great things ahead for you Susie - you are so youthful, carefree and open at your core. Christ in you! I'll embrace that! Love and hugs...another year of journeying together! Yay!

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    1. Dawn, this comment gave me a huge smile! Thank you for some delicious words that mean a great deal to me! I am so thankful for you Dawn.

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  4. That is indeed a great word - Embrace. I like it. My word this year is DECISION. I need to make several decisions and I intend to. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sheila, another great and challenging word! I'm not so good at making decisions, but have become better as I've gotten older. Good luck with your special word this year and thanks for coming by!

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  5. I love your word choice!! Thanks for reminding me to embrace this new year and whatever it may hold!

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    1. You are very welcome, Coffee Mom, and thank you for commenting!

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  6. Embace - I love it because it gives me so many visuals in my head. I also loved your camera comparison of slowing down/focusing instead of getting a bunch of blurry shots. Great thoughts for me to ponder.

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    1. Hi Amanda, thanks for commenting. It gives me lots of visuals also. That made it hard to begin writing about it. But I know that I have a whole year to explore it, so that will be fun!

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  7. Hi Susie! I just turned 58 yesterday, and NO, we are not old at all! Your posts have certainly inspired me, and I've finally decided on the word 'flourish' as my focus for this year.

    Blessings!

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    1. "Flourish!" What a wonderfully alive and adventurous word!

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  8. I love this word. So many possibilities!

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