My word for 2013

Confession: I hate how people pick a word for the year.  This has always irritated me. I recently thought to myself “why does this bug me, what’s my problem?”.   Then I thought if someone had a hot poker to my rear and said, “you must pick a word” what word would I pick.  This question gnawed at me for the better part of my baking day yesterday.

What word…

Faith.

Grace.

Peace.

Hope.

Serve.

Compassionate, Loving, Helper, Guide, Goofball, Sugar, Caffeine, Water, Globetrotter see I quickly digressed.

Then I realized it’s because I can’t do it.  I can’t pick one word to guide me through the year.  One word that will be my link to all I do, say, and feel, read, share….there are too many freaking words.  Too many things that I need to work on.  Too many things I need to focus on.

AHA!

Then it dawned on me I need to focus, but I can’t.  I’m always scattered.  The other day I tweeted.

8 posts started today nothing finished. Spoons in the pot nothing’s cookin’.  #thatshowIroll 

This is my life mantra.  This tweet was profound….to me.  So many ideas, but nothing getting accomplished!  Spinning…spinning, spinning.  Like a hamster on it’s wheel.

This year I need to decided to handle the task at hand. One thing at a time, one day at a time, one meal at a time, one friend at a time, one vacation at a time, one pie at a time.

(I sincerely apologize to all of you who pick words every year and share them.  I love you, I love your words, but I confess I have grumbled under my breathe about you and that’s not fair, or nice or friendly.  I’m just jealous.  I’m sorry. Please forgive me.)

So what I’m trying to say now is that I picked a word.

I did it…and the word is, you guessed it.

FOCUS.

Let’s see how this goes, this foCUSSING thing. Focussing on God, family, friends, neighbors, loving, serving, eating…less.

Do you have a word?  I would love to know what it is and why you picked it.  I really would…I promise not to grumble, I’m over it.  I confessed.

That’s all folks. Luvya, Sheila

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  1. 1
    Denise Lyons :

    Hi Sheila. I am not a word person either. HOWEVER….if I were going to start this year, my word would be STRENGTH.
    STRENGTH encompasses all things for me. Strength from God, Strength from my faith, Strength everyday from my marriage, Strength in my relationships with family and friends, and continuing everyday to build Strength in myself.
    Love your blog. Keep up the good work and Happy New Year! :)

    • 1.1
      Sheila :

      Thanks Denise! I love your word. It is one that I did not think of while pondering the whole word thing…which is funny because I often, like several times a day, ask God “give me strength”. Happy New Year to you too!

  2. 2

    Oh Girl, I can so relate to this! In fact, I finally decided not to even attempt a word this year. :) I do however agree that I need to be intentional and focused! In fact, I was just chatting with Aggie about the great need I have for better time management. SO, I LOVE your Word!!! And I’m happy for you that you picked one. :-)

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    Bobbie :

    That was my word LAST year! I still need focus! You explained it perfectly! I have so many spoons in the pot yet nothing gets cooked. I have not told anyone my word this year- beacuase people will laugh and no one will understand and it means somehting to me and that is enough- but basically I am focusing more on my home. I want to do better in that area.

  4. 4

    I heart you and your lack of focus. There are too many Type A’s in the world – thank you for balancing us all out!! xoxoxox

  5. 5

    OK, we live in the same state, but how are you able to read my mind. I could simply say to this post, copy that!!! Like your tweet, I’ve been working with too many pokers in the fire. But I’ve started off the New Year on the right foot. Uncluttering my entire house, and sewing stash has left me feeling so free and ready to move forward and tackle ONE thing at a time. So far, it’s working! I donated all my unused fabric to Habitat for Humanity and got something back. They were thrilled to get the fabric as they are sewing HFH quilts! Made me feel so happy to know my fabric stash will see a new day, in a new way. You give and you get.

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    Kirstin :

    Focus was my word a few years ago. I have a Bible verse for 2013 (Romans 12:12), but no word.

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    Kim B. :

    I was never a “word” person until I started my trial back in 2010 & God started giving me my word. Since then, I’ve never had to think of one, God has placed them my heart. I feel like God knows what I’m about to face so gives me a word to help prepare me in facing it :) Personally, I think words are seasonal things & some seasons you’ll have one & some you won’t. My word right now is JOY & I blogged about it here: https://canaanboundbrigade.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/joy/

    • 7.1
      Sheila :

      Kim, I went to your blog and read your beautiful post, then I tried to comment but it bounced me off ; ( so I will reply to you here. I love your blog and the way you share you heart…such a gift! Praying a joyful 2013 for you my friend. Sheila

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    Barbie :

    God does have a way of surprising us and springing theses words on us, doesn’t He? My word is “simply”. You can read about how I choose it here: http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/2013/01/when-one-word-becomes-a-life-goal.html

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    lisa Mize :

    Loved reading this one Sheila! I feel the same…. too many irons in the fire, not really accomplishing meaningful tasks. I’ve never chosen a word, but admire those that do. I also admire you and your honesty in your blog. :) Thank you for sharing! When you figure out this “focussing” thing…. let us all in on your secret!

    • 9.1
      Sheila :

      I will definitely do just that…if I can focus long enough to remember to do it…ha! Love you girl, miss seeing you at CPLC. xoxox Sheila

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    jj :

    I have neveer heard of people choosing a word for the year. Like you I would have thought it silly or just not necessary. But I foind your post so fits me right now and I am going to copy you! I think that will make all the difference in the world!! Thanks.

    • 10.1
      Sheila :

      Maybe it’s the season of your lives…who knows. I try to slow down, but it’s as if all odds are against that. So I think just taking one day at a time, one task at a time, might be the answer to helping life not seem so hectic. Thanks for stopping in. ; )

  11. 11

    lol…funny :) That was my word one year as well. It’s a great word though, because it encompasses so much! For me, it was based on the verses “seek first the kingdom of God…” because I know if I can just focus on HIM then everything in my life would come together.

    My word for the year is “love” but I haven’t gotten around to blogging about it just yet.

    • 11.1
      Sheila :

      That is one of my favorite verses. Yes when we seek Him first all else falls in to place…perfectly. Can’t wait to read your word of the year post. Love conquers all. Have a great weekend! Sheila

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