Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A word for 2016

"A day late and a dollar short," is something my mother used to say. I'm feeling that way about the new year. Today is already the 5th, and now I'm ready to begin it. The day after Christmas, the wreath on our front door, dry and brittle from the western exposure, came down. Out went the gingerbread village that had a thin layer of dust coating its sugary rooftops. However, other than those two things, I wasn't ready to let go of Christmas. It was a lovely time this year, with our grandchildren to bring back the magic of the season.

I especially loved our tree this year, as did Brooklynn. We would sit in the overstuffed chair next to it and I'd watched her fall asleep, mesmerized by the lights and glistening ornaments. Finally, yesterday I was ready to let go. She played with her toys on the floor, fingering each one with curiosity and wonder, and I took the decorations off the tree, handling them carefully and wrapping them in tissue to be stored away until next year. By the end of the day, the house was bare of decorations, the tree was ready for Dan and Luke to haul downstairs after supper. A dusting and vacuuming and the house will be back to normal by the end of today.

In thinking about my word for the year, I started by reflecting on last year's word -- Courage.  It was a good word that helped me grow in a number of areas.  No, I didn't go ziplining, but I stated up front that I wasn't after that kind of bravery.  It was more about trusting myself to accomplish a few goals, and having the courage to let go of some things, too.

This year, I was having a hard time coming up with a word, feeling stuck on one that I wanted to work on, but I felt I was trying too hard to make it fit.  And then, just this morning, a completely different word came to me as I was reading a morning devotional.  Funny how that happens, as soon as the new word fell into my lap, I released my grip on the other. 

My word for the year is Clarity.  Thoreau said that, "in the long run, we only hit what we aim at."  I want to be intentional about starting each day with a prayer that my eyes and ears will be open to what I'm supposed to see and hear.  I'll need clarity for the first step in making my other goals come to fruition. 

Dan has a saying that I love, when he describes my habit of starting a project in the middle, just to get something going.  "Ready, fire, aim. . . " he says.  It makes me laugh, but it's so true at times.  In 2016, I'm going to work on getting seeing things more clearly before I go firing off.

Happy New Year everyone.


Mari said...

Good word for the year! You're right about kids, they really do help you feel the joy of Christmas.

Melinda said...

Good choice!
I just did my post on my word a bit ago.

We still have Christmas up at our house but by
the weekend I think I will be ready to tuck it in
till next Christmas.

M : )

Mary said...

Hi, Karen!

Discovered your blog several years ago when I was more actively blogging but lost track when life pulled me away. So glad to rediscover it and see you are still posting such thoughtful pieces! I laughed when I noted your post included my word: intentional. Amazing how a single word can issue focus and narrow the universe so swiftly.

Looking forward to more good reads here!


Leslie said...

great word! This morning as I was driving Sally to school, I noticed all of the Christmas trees sitting on the curbs... seemed so depressing. All of the planning and the fine details that go into Christmas and it's over in the blink of an eye. I admit to have taken our tree down a few days before new years. it was so dried out that I was afraid to even plug the lights in.
As for gingerbread.. we didn't find time do gingerbread this year, however.. last night I saw a Valentines gingerbread house on pinterest and I am on that!!!

Have a great day.

Susanne said...

What an excellent word! I could sure use that. I didn't do the word this year. I have no motivation to even try to focus on one. Just too much other stuff clogging up my heart and mind right now.

susan said...

Clarity - what a great choice. Isn't is amazing how the perfect word just comes to us? My word for this year is Change - I'm looking forward to doing things a little differently and maybe trying some things I haven't tried before.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year. I hope all your dreams for 2016 come true.

Jerralea said...

I love your word, and your words: "I'm going to work on getting seeing things more clearly before I go firing off."

It seems a good thing for all of us to consider!

Happy 2016! May this be a wonderful year for you and your family.

Blogoratti said...

Clarity is a great things indeed. Best wishes and have a prosperous year. Greetings!

Mereknits said...

You are just so lovely Karen, I wish you lived next door to me. Clarity is a wonderful word, and I wish you that and so much more for 2016.

Dewena said...

Hello Karen! I've read down through your recent posts, finding that your grandson arrived, congratulations!

Even though I haven't blogged about it, I told a blog friend that I felt impressed to choose "Courage" for my word this year and I see that it was yours last year. But I do love your choice for this year and your reasons behind it.

I took a couple of breaks from blogging during the holidays as we had children come home for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, and I was not about to miss a minute of those days. And then there was resting up from them!

Best to you in 2016,