My Word for 2014 Is...

I’ve said before, I don’t make resolutions. They pretty much just lead to a sense of failure because my only motivation for making them is a date on the calendar. Instead, I have goals I make and review each month, which lead toward some long-term goals.

Last year, I saw a lot of bloggers choosing a word for the year. Being a word lover, I was intrigued by this idea, but just couldn’t put my finger on a single word that seemed to sum up the direction I wanted to head in. In retrospect, I think it was because I had a string of years that had asked questions.

There is a Zora Neale Hurston quote I absolutely love. “There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.” As I think about the years leading up to the dawn of 2013, they were certainly ones that asked questions. I had too many questions floating around in my head to come up with just one word.

Then I had a year that answered questions. I learned a lot about myself, and about others. I started to have more faith and prayed more. I made some serious changes in myself that were long overdue. And I was surprised by the answers that started to appear in front of me.

So this year, I am much more in a place where I can choose a simple word to focus on. One that ties together all of my goals and aspirations right now. And my word for 2014 is…

BELIEVE

Believe in myself. Which means stop feeling guilty about being me; stop comparing myself to others; and stop listening and taking to heart the judgements of others. It means start having more confidence in my skills, talents, and character; and continuing to work on taking responsibility for my own happiness and not blaming others for my choices.

Believe in others. Learn to trust more, give the benefit of the doubt more, and learn to listen more.

Believe in God’s plan. It is hard to believe in a greater plan sometimes, especially those times when the answer to a prayer is no. But I have seen that sometimes the answer is no because I need to learn something about myself or others, or that something better is coming along if I am just patient.

This year, I am going to believe.

Do you have a word for the year? What is it?

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