Another year, another word. Want to read more about it? Here's an archived post be Ali Edwards about the concept.
For 2012 I selected embrace as my word to reflect upon and I tried hard to go with the flow. For the most part, I think that happened. It was an attempt to be more accepting and I know that idea helped me to be less obsessed with the perceptions of others. I needed to just let their thoughts and ideas be theirs and not influence my own attitude. I noticed that I moved on a little easier and in some cases faster. And just when I released certain problems from my own power, the situations changed or opened up. I liked the word embrace so much and I think it gave me a slightly more free spirit.
But now it's on to this year.
For 2013 I am selecting a word that I think will be a real challenge: trust
By nature, I am not the most trusting person. I'm cynical and usually look for the loophole in a deal. I tend to think people are out to get me and I am the conspiracy theorist in our group (ask any of my friends, I am obsessed with the other side of any crime or wondering what we aren't being told). I just don't tend to trust the party line so to speak. As a result, it is hard for me to trust others.
So, what do I hope for this word trust?
-I want to deepen relationships with family and friends with trust and honesty. Less gossip, less chit chat and more intense conversations. This isn't for all friends obviously (I am a firm believer that one should never expose herself to those who will not appreciate sharing important stuff). I believe in sharing stories when they need to be told and with those whom I cherish, I want to do just that) but for those forever friends already in my life and those yet to come. You know them when you meet them, right?
-To be more trusting of others and believe in their motives for goodness and honesty.
-To be more trustworthy and to be a person of integrity.
-To be open to new ideas and not jump to conclusions.
-To trust my instincts (which I usually ignore) and go to God in moments of concern.
-I want to trust God and accept that God is fighting for good in this world and good in my world. To trust God in all areas of my life by surrendering to Him even when it seems like I should be able to control the situation. This will be tough and I know it, but my faith needs a real awakening and I think it has to start with trust.
So, have you chosen a word? How do you hope to incorporate it into your life?