Words...it is beginning to look like 2013 will be the year of carefully selected, well thought out words. AND, since I tend to write things down and use them a lot...I love that.
It all started with my friend Kary May over at God Walked Into This Bar when she chose her word for the year and then wrote so beautifully about it and why she chose it. I won't spoil it for you...you'll have to stop by her blog and read it for yourself. It's lovely.
That got me thinking, maybe I needed to choose a word to carry with me this year. One that I could use as a mantra when I meditate and one on which I could draw when times are...um...difficult. Then I got busy, shit happened, people needed things...and I plum forgot.
Then today, Amy over at Soberbia (best name for a blog EVER), wrote about a word she had chosen for the year. Nope...not going to spoil that one for you either. Suffice to say, Amy is a wonderful writer who is newly sober and you owe it to yourself to read her post.
Which got me thinking again...and then what I assume is MY word for the year popped into my head and, since it won't leave, I was prompted to not only respond to Amy's post but to write this post as well.
My word is...
Here's what it means according to Webster...
1 a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1) : fidelity to one's promises (2) : sincerity of intentions2 a (1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust3 : something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs <the Protestant faith>
Um...okay. That is way more deep and heavy duty than I thought it would be but damn if it doesn't speak to all that is ME, what I hold dear, and what I believe to be true. It's really...well...kind of perfect.
Perfect...but what does it mean for me in 2013. Why did God pop this particular word into my head? Why, as Amy put it, did it choose me? Why am I using so many italicized words today?
I have no flippin' idea - but I am willing to do the work to uncover the whys and wherefore's. I'll think, and ponder, and wonder and meditate and discuss. Faith will act as my catalyst this year to move even further into and through recovery. Wow...I'm excited!
Let the year of faith begin!