Saturday, January 8, 2011

My One Word

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My "one word" for 2011 is actually two words.  (Yes, I'm cheating.)  Reckless Abandon.  A few weeks ago on an episode of The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels was encouraging one of the contestants to not give up. She told him to pursue this (weight loss, getting healthy) with "reckless abandon."  That stuck with me for days, and I kept thinking about it again and again.  I realized how many things I have not pursued in my life because of fear of failure.

I want to be a writer.  But I am afraid I won't be any good.
I want to witness to others about my Jesus. But I'm afraid they won't listen.
I want to lose weight. But I sabotage myself over and over.

If I want to do these things, then I must set aside my fears and pursue them, regardless of what could happen that will hurt.  My One Word isn't about making promises about what I will do this year.  But instead, anytime I feel that fear, I will remind myself that I want to pursue these goals with reckless abandon.


BeLoVed AiMeE said...

me too me too!
I want to be a photographer...but all that entails overwhelms me, as well as the I really any better than the next mom with a fancy camera?

I want to witness and pray with others. I fear looking dumb.

I want to have good, solid relationships with my children...and I fail them daily.

good thing God is bigger than our fears and failures <3

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

"The Creative Call." I'm telling you, will gear you up and get you moving on your creative endeavors! It's what got me to stop being so afraid and get started blogging and selling my stuff again.

It's Christian-based and focuses on practicing one's art (by art, it could be writing, painting, singing, drawing, any kind of art form) to discover a deeper relationship with God. It also talks about working on your art to glorify God.

Remember that parable about the man who buried his talents? Do you want to continue to bury yours?

Shay said...

That's exactly it Jill! I have been letting my fear dictate for so long! I definitely don't want to look back on my life someday, and realize that I never did use my writing ability. The book you mentioned is on my to-be-read-someday list, lol.

Theresa said...

I love your one-word (even though it is two). My sister told me about this today. I said my word of this year or last? Last was "sucky". That made her laugh...and me too.

This year is "still" as in Be still and know that I am God.