Word of the Year: Communicate

Word of the Year 2020: Communicate

 

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. They’ve just never been my kind of thing. I have always enjoyed doing reviews of the past year, looking back and making note of highlights, favourite things, pastimes, moments, decisions, etc. But a New Year for me doesn’t signal dramatic change or big goal setting. That said, as 2019 drew closer to its end, I pondered participating in the “Word of the Year” {you know, like reflect on where you want to be, where you see yourself & discover a word that resonates, a word that could be your theme for the year}.

So I’ve been reflecting. Visualizing. Considering.

There was one word, in particular, that stood out ~ Communicate ~

I often don’t feel like a very good communicator. I write better than I speak. I too often expect my hubby to read my mind or my actions, instead of just sharing words. We both fully admit communication is the weakest part of our marriage. Beyond that, I let too much go unsaid, even though I talk a lot. The “good stuff”, the stuff of meaning, gets ignored. Avoided maybe.

I want to take ~ Communicate ~ and carry it with me through the coming days.

There are three main elements to the word, that I am focusing on: clarity, consistency, and transparency.

  • Clarity ~ in my meaning and in word usage, as a parent & wife
  • Consistency ~ regular, routine, to the point of daily habit
  • Transparency ~ in my feelings, giving voice to my authentic self

I don’t exactly have an action plan for my word. For now, I just keep repeating it to myself throughout each day. When I see an opportunity to improve my communication, I try to act on that, in that moment. I want to put up some visual reminders around the house too. Have you ever chosen a “word of the year”? Any tips on keeping that word alive for yourself throughout the year?

Best Intentions

Green and Yellow Love Catcher by Bubblegum Sass

It’s funny how quickly the best intentions can go awry. I dedicated a full day and several more hours (that’s a lot of time to a mama) to business brainstorming and planning for the New Year, including a production schedule, goals for social media, and areas to re-vamp & improve. I was feeling excited and energized for 2015, with big goals & even lofty dreams.

And then it hit me this past weekend. I was doing it again; falling into the same trap I have stumbled into each year. Not the trap of “too many expectations” or even “too few”.

I was planning MY year, as though it were my OWN. Here was page upon page of brainstorming & notes, even some of the tactics I would employ to make these goals a reality. It NEVER crossed my mind that the first step should be to turn to the Lord, the source of life & light. He didn’t even have a foot note in all these grand plans. I was completely missing the point. Again.

Here it is January 6th and I haven’t picked up my Bible since Christmas or come up with a reading plan or been praying regularly & intentionally. And yet, “I have made plans for 2015.” How absurd & impossible that seems now.

Blue & Yellow Love Catcher by Bubblegum Sass

Realistically, I’m not throwing all *my plans* out the window, but I’m asking for a re-do to the beginning of the year. Shifting priorities, and mindsets so that the first thing I do is put HIM first.

What would you have me (& us) do, Lord?
My life is not my own.
Mostly, I long to be useful to you.
Show me how to do that each & every day.
Thank you for being patient with me, yet again,
and for your gentle reminders.
Help me to pull back, slow down,
and walk alongside you, instead of racing ahead.
You first. All else will follow.

I wish you all much clarity and patience along your own paths this year.

Commit your way to the Lord ~ Pslam 37:5 ~ Bubblegum Sass Blog