I never jumped on the bandwagon to make vision boards or do any sort of journaling. Those are creative avenues people have used to focus on their goals and dreams. To me, it seemed like extra work. I have enough work to do on a day-to-day basis trying to keep up with my kids. Don’t get me wrong, I do dream and I do have some great goals. I’ll talk about them and write them down, but I don’t have a separate book or wall space where I display those. I love that others have the time and creativity to keep up with those activities. I love that they will come up with new goals and dreams, oftentimes using January 1st as the day to set or restart something. When I read somewhere that some people choose a word to focus on when the New Year begins, I thought that might be more my speed.
Pick just one word?
I don’t think the goal of that activity is to pick a word that drags you down, though. The word is meant to inspire throughout the year. Even though I can get super tired on some of our busiest days, I don’t need any visual reminders that I am. The goal of picking the word is meant to be something you strive to achieve. It’s supposed to be an inspiration and maybe a guide for you if you’ve fallen off a path you’d set out to travel. Picking just one word may be difficult, so some people have set up word generators on their websites that will randomly chose a word for you. Since I’ve never done this before, while the kids were all sleeping in on New Year’s Day I thought I’d give it a whirl.
Going with a Christian-based writer’s word generator, I liked what I saw.
Wondering how random these random-word generator things could be, I tried a different one. This time, the word was offered after I answered several questions. No question was too personal, but each of them did have me reflect on life. Life’s been…a lot. It’s been difficult. It’s been exhausting. But, it’s also been filled with blessings, extra family time, and some moments of peace. Another Christian-based website, I liked this word that was generated for me also!
How many times have I been empowered by our community of doers and believers? So many times! It’s because of you and your stories that have given me the voice to tell others our story.
Both of those word generators were really neat to use, but I wanted to see what a secular/non-Christian and truly totally random word generator would produce. I found this completely random webpage and thought that their word for me was good, too!
If there’s one word that describes what it is that I do for those whom I love, that word right there truly does describe it. I am devoted to my family. I am devoted to our community. I am devoted to living a life God has asked me to live, even if some of my life is overwhelming and exhausting.
More than just giving me a word to consider focusing on, I was able to reflect on some of the past during this activity. The past can be a dangerous place. Do I really want to linger there? I’ve shared that yes, sometimes to leap to the future, you need that past. To know what you don’t want in life now, you must know what didn’t work before. It’s a launching point. That’s where that Empowered word pick was so perfect: I am empowered by the past to do better now and in the future.
I’m the least arts and crafty person I know. I’m the last one to follow all the rules, and I’m also the best at procrastinating. This little activity was something I didn’t need to do (if you saw the piles of files on my desk, you’d absolutely agree), but I did need a little inspiration as I tippy toed into the New Year and found it.
If you’ve never done this sort of activity and have a few minutes to yourself today, I’d suggest you try it. If you need more than just one word, you’re in luck. I even saw a phrase generator.
How very 2021!
If you don’t want to use the internet, you don’t have to. People pick their own word, or they pray or meditate on a word using it as their theme for the year. If a year is too long of a time to keep that one word in mind, try focusing on your word or phrase for just a day. If a day is too much, which is can be for me sometimes, go hour-by-hour. One day at a time and with one foot in front of the other, I’m praying for success for each of us as we embark on the year ahead.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.
If you’ve picked a word or phrase and you’d like to share it, leave a message in the comments below. I’d love to see what’ll inspire you in 2022!