Saturday, December 31, 2011

My One-Word



A few years ago Mrs. 'Joe set a challenge she had seen in a book ... write your memoir in six words.  Yes, a six-word memoir.  How can a lifetime be summed up in just six words?  I took her challenge and "discovered" my six-word memoir had actually been a culmination of my entire life.  God actually revealed my memoir to me pretty quickly.  From the various friendships through the years to work environments to ministry involvements ... 
my lifetime was summed up in just six words ...

being where God needs me most

... that's me ... that's my life.

A couple of months ago I started reflecting on the year 2011.  And now I've come up with a challenge of my own: 

Write my year of 2011 in just one word.  

If I could describe my year of 2011 in just one simple word, what would that word be?  Now I'm not talking of words such as:  
blessed, grace, mercy, success ...  
To me there's some words that are obvious that God is active in my life every moment of everyday.

So, I want to dig a bit deeper into myself to find my one-word.  It dawned on me a couple of months ago what my one-word is. 
Life-changing events ... relationships ... health issues ... community ... responsibility ... life-purpose ...  
Yes, I can sum it all up in just one little word ... 
365 days ... 
five letters ... 
my one-word ... 


aware


I know, I know.  It sounds pretty obvious, but to me ... it filters inside my very core.  
I'm aware ... 
I'm aware that my very breath is God-given ... 
I'm aware that each breath is God's gift to me ... 
I'm aware that my next breath is not promised nor guaranteed.  

I'm aware that my family is God's greatest gift to me ... I'm aware that my friendships are God's provision for sharing life's joys & challenges ... I'm aware that health is not to be taken for granted.  Cancer seems to have touched many people within our community just this year.  We are so very thankful that my Mother's surgery in June cleared her from that cancer that was creeping, and that her radiation treatments brought the chances of a return at a minimal. 
I'm aware. 

I'm aware that the tiniest of angels will hold our hearts until we see them again ... I'm aware that life begins at conception no matter when the pregnancy is revealed ... I'm aware that miscarriages affect the whole family & not just the parents.  I'm not quite sure that Grandad & I each had time to grieve the loss of our 6 week old grandchild, but Heaven gained a beautiful angel that we both look forward to meeting one day.  
I'm aware.

I'm aware of expectations ... I'm aware that I may not always know what these expectations are that have been placed on me ... I'm aware that there's times when I fall terribly short from these expectations.  We all do it, and sometimes just don't want to admit it.  But, we set expectations yet do not always inform others of those expectations.  Is it fair to those around us or to ourselves when we set silent expectations on others?  Wouldn't it be best all around to just come right out & say what we expect of others?  We set them up for a downfall in our eyes, and we set ourselves up for frustration over unmet (however *silent* they may be) expectations. 
I'm aware.

I'm aware of my relationships ... I'm aware that my family is the greatest blessing God has entrusted with me ... I'm aware that my grandchildren will grow up before I blink my eyes.  With Lucy 3 years old and our little grandson to make his appearance anytime between now & mid-February, my days go by faster than I have ever imagined.  Time seems to go by at a much faster speed with Lucy than it did with her Mommy (and I worked full-time & had all the activities of school, church & family to keep up with too).  
I'm aware.

I'm aware that some things are more important than others ... I'm aware that when it all comes down to it, some things are just meaningless ... I'm aware that I am the only person who can distinguish between the meaningful and the meaningless to me.  Don't get me wrong, we all have "things" that are important to each of us.  But when we allow something small to get blown out of proportion --- well, maybe that's when we need to take another look at our expectations.  Just a thought for which ... 
I'm aware.

This is just the tip of my awareness of 2011.  My New Year's Resolution for 2012 is simply ...  

to be aware. 

And my priority of awareness is 
to be aware of God ...  
to be aware of His blessings ... 
to be aware of life.

What one-word would you describe for your 2011?  
I encourage you to reflect on your past year ... 
to be reflect on your blessings, your challenges & your very being ... 

to be aware. 




3 comments:

Just Another Blogger Mom said...

following you from Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop! would love if you followed back http://our365days.blogspot.com

Mai said...

One word for 2011: Blessed. Blessed with new friends,blessed with happiness, blessed with warmth and love of family, blessed with luck in winning contests and such.

Visiting from the STM Group. hope you can visit us too at http://www.maithreeboyz.com/.

Have a great year ahead!

Nancy said...

My one word for 2011 might be "challenged" but.as a writer I hate to have to use only 1 word! ;) beautiful post, just stopped by from Finding new friends blog hope. Now following you, hope you will stop by and visit me too.