I know many of you do the “one word” goal as a new year resolution. I’ve been participating in that way of making resolutions for several years now. It’s my favorite way (and I think the ONLY way) to make resolutions that don’t end up disappointing yourself.
Last year’s word was “RISE”. And as is quite common, it didn’t end up being exactly what I thought it was going to be.
I went into the year knowing I was having a MAJOR surgery in January. And I wanted to “rise” from that and get my life back. Well, as many of you know, the year ended up with 2 more surgeries, a kidney infection, physical therapy, being in bed 90% of the time…I didn’t feel like I was rising from ANYTHING.
As I look back on it…I think maybe I did more rising above myself. With all the time in bed, I saw so much love from friends and family, it gave me a personal testimony of the fact that people do love me and my family. And as a person who commonly tells herself otherwise…rising above that negative feeling was BIG.
I’ve been spending so much time in my head. And realizing that there were thoughts in there that I had to “rise” above in order to heal my heart as well as my body.
I’ve been worrying about what my next word would be. I had one in mind, but it just didn’t blow me away. (I always have super strong feelings about my words every year.) And then a few days before Christmas…I was watching a show. In it a lady said…
You can’t live to survive, you have to thrive.
That’s EXACTLY what I need. We’ve been hanging on by the tips of our fingernails. Barely hanging on. “Surviving.” And regardless of our circumstances…it’s not working.
I’m really excited to try “thriving” in whatever situation I’m in. This is my goal for 2014. Of course I hope it means thriving in a healthier body. But I’ve told myself that I need to thrive every day, regardless.
So here’s to THRIVING in 2014.
(In the past I’ve had a series of people share their “words” in January. See the whole series HERE. But as blogging has been put on the back burner…I didn’t do it this year. However…I’d LOVE for you to share your “words” in the comments. It’s one of my favorite ways to be inspired in the New Year. So don’t be afraid. Share away!)