What’s Your One Word for 2021?

2019? Action.

2020? 2020.

T-w-e-n-t-y-t-w-e-n-t-y…

Hmmm…no idea.

Checking…

Ah, yes! Relationships.

In hindsight (you betcha that was intentional), an interesting word choice for 2020.

Despite not remembering my 2020 word, I wasn’t an abject failure.

At any rate, here we are. New year (thank goodness), new word.

I believe ‘one word’ should be about change. A word that encourages exploration and personal growth.

When 2022 rolls around, I want to be a better version of my already wonderful self. And that won’t happen unless my word challenges me to be better. To do better.

So, I’ve looked inward. (What do I need?)

I need to know truth. I need to accept truth when the facts reveal my previous truth was wrong. I need confidence in vocalizing and defending truth.

Lies are simple; truth is difficult, but defending truth should be easy when it is truth.

I’ve looked upward. (Asked the Big Guy for a little guidance.)

I love how He comes through for me…in devotionals, in the happenings of the world around me, in the books I am reading. I’d have to be pretty dense to not get the message being sent.

And I’ve looked outward. (Where is there need? What can I do to make the world a better place?)

We hide behind labels. We trust social media. We find it easier to repeat the lies of others, rather than search for truth ourselves. We spew hate. We promote ignorance.

We demonize ‘the other side’. We disrespect others’ values. We avoid people who are not like us.

In politics.

In religion.

In health.

In education.

In parenting.

And I want to do better. To be better.

Rhetoric has consequences, but so does complacency.

My word for 2021?

Truth.

Something to Eat

Granola

by Alton Brown

This is the perfect granola recipe. Perfect as in easy to make. Perfect as in easy to customize. And perfect as in easy to shovel into your mouth. While I roll my eyes at people who comment on recipes by saying they loved the recipe, but changed just about everything about it, I did opt for pecans instead of cashews (not that I don’t love cashews, but I do live in Georgia, so…). And I did not add raisins. Because raisins are icky.

Something to Read

A Promised Land

by Barack Obama

No matter what your political affiliation, you’d have to admit that Obama is a talented writer, possessing such a way with words that you clearly hear his voice. I would love to have a conversation with him. (I felt the same way when I read Barbara Bush’s memoir, just in case you were going to cancel me due to political garbage.) This was a looong book and I was ready to be done well before the 700th page (and this is just the first volume), but I did enjoy most of it and found it interesting to learn what was going on behind the scenes (especially in his personal life). I appreciated his humility, his humor, and his honesty as he shared his story.

Something to Ponder

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Socrates

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope your week was productive. I’m really looking forward to hearing your word for 2021 (and not just the word, but the ‘why’ for your word). Take care and be well!

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