Adopting a word for the year isn’t a new idea, nor is it original, yet I’ve found it empowering to enter 2018 with a touchstone I can return to time and time again.
Last year, the word ENOUGH seemed to hover in my consciousness quite a bit.
Two years ago it was the Old Testament scripture Isaiah 41:13 (NIV),
For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
A week or so before Christmas, a series of conversations, eventful changes, and the song Stay by This Hope propelled me to begin hearing the Lord beckon…
(Okay, so it’s really two words, but you get the idea.)
Throughout this new year, I hope LEANING IN looks like:
- being bold and unafraid
- being aware and paying attention
- being patient but taking action when necessary
- being diligent
- being intentional
- being a good listener
And yes, there is a book called Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, which I am currently reading. Even though the specific focus of the book is for women to embody strength, confidence, and leadership, this overall theme helps inspire personal applications in my personal, spiritual, and professional life and is the perfect tie-in for my word of 2018.
Do you have a word or phrase you’re carrying with you into the new year? Please feel free to share in the comments below.