Daily Archives: January 3, 2011

One Word For 2011

I think Steve Fitzhugh and Dan Britton started the idea of replacing New Year’s resolutions with a one word theme for the upcoming year.

The one word theme is to be a word to focus on, meditate on and reflect upon throughout the new year.  It has become a popular trend over the last few years and I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback, so I thought I would give it a try this year…

My one word for 2011 is (drumroll…………………………..)

AWAKEN


I’ve chosen “awaken” as my word because there have been thoughts and ideas I have been pondering during Advent (see this post Advent: A Journey of Awakening) that are captured in the word “awaken”.  I have been thinking a lot about the value of intentionally being present in the moment, of being aware of what makes me feel most alive, of being watchful for divine activity, of being conscious and giving recognition to thoughts and feelings even if they are not positive (I have a tendency to push away, stop, repress or ignore negative thoughts and feelings).  So, throughout the coming year I am going to focus on this theme of “awaken” and see where the journey leads to and what is revealed.

Do you like the idea of choosing one word as a theme for the upcoming year?  If so, what word would/will you choose and why?

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Prayer For The Week: For New Beginnings

For New Beginnings

O God,
We thank you for this earth, our home; for the wide sky and the blessed sun, for the ocean and streams, for the towering hills and the whispering wind, for the trees and green grass.

We thank you for our senses by which we hear the songs of birds, and see the splendor of fields of golden wheat, and taste autumn’s fruit, rejoice in the feel of snow, and smell the breath of spring flowers.

Grant us a heart opened wide to all this beauty; and save us from being so blind that we pass unseeing when even the common thorn bush is aflame with your glory.

For each new dawn is filled with infinite possibilities for new beginnings and new discoveries. Life is constantly changing and renewing itself. In this new day of new beginnings with God, all things are possible. We are restored and renewed in a joyous awakening to the wonder that our lives are and, yet, can be.

Amen.

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