A couple years ago, I came across the idea of choosing one word to focus on throughout your year. There’s a book by Mike Ashcraft & Rachel Olsen called My One Word. I haven’t actually read it though I hope to soon. But I have read numerous articles/blogs discussing the concept. The general idea, as I understand it, is to forget about creating a long list of resolutions. Most people throw out their list in the first month anyway. Instead of focusing on multiple things you wish to change, focus on ONE WORD. Just one. All year long. Easy, right? I am going to find out.
For 2018, I have decided to choose one word. Over the past week or so, I’ve been contemplating this idea as I reflected back on 2017 and looked ahead to 2018. Happy New Year, by the way!! Let’s just say that 2017 was a pretty awful year. One of the worst I’ve had, actually. More to come on that in future posts and Facebook live videos. But I’d like 2018 to be different. To get a fresh start. A new outlook. A better perspective. An eternal view on life.
That’s my word. Renew. I want to be renewed. In my heart. In my mind. In my emotions. In my physical body. Renewed.
Naturally, I had to look at some definitions of the word, just to make sure it meant what I thought it meant. But I was actually surprised by the many meaning that “renew” had, depending on the dictionary.
“to take up again; resume” – Free Dictionary
“to regain or restore the physical or mental vigor of; revive” – Free Dictionary
“to start over” – Free Dictionary
“to begin doing something again or with increased strength” – Cambridge Dictionary
“to replenish” – Dictionary.com
“to revive, to recover” – Dictionary.com
“to make new spiritually, regenerate” – Merriam-Webster