Have you heard about “My One Word”? It focuses on how one word can change your life for the better. Many people in the planning community that I am part of have chosen one word to focus on for 2017 and I thought it would be a good idea for me. Why? There are a few reasons actually.
The year 2016 was pretty horrible for me and my family. My husband lost his job and we can’t afford most of what we did before, including normal bills that you can’t stop. I had a lot of health issues. My kids were forced to deal with all of this. Focusing on one word in 2017 may help me to see the good in life, even when things are rough. That one word may help me remain positive in my daily life.
My depression and anxiety have been really, really awful lately. I am always worried about something and it affects my physical health as well as my mental well-being. Worry is a horrible burden and I am thinking that focusing on one word will help me get through those times when I feel like nothing can go right. When my depression or anxiety feel like they are consuming me, one word may help me get through.
I have been so negative lately. My whole personality is negative and I hate it. I want to be positive for my kids but those negative thoughts always pop up and I let them loose. I KNOW that there is positive in my life; I just don’t see it. One word may help remind me of those good things when I am not able to do it on my own.
So, what is MY ONE WORD?
My One Word for 2017 is HOPE. I want to remain hopeful in the face of negative life events. I want to remain hopeful that things will be better. I have felt hopeless so many times in 2016 and I want that to be different this year. I want to remain hopeful, not feel hopeless, because there is SO much goodness in my life. Yeah, we may not be able to pay our electric bill or buy groceries at times, but my kids are healthy and we have a way to get food when we need it. God always provides and I need to remain hopeful instead of feeling like things will never get better. They always do.
I know that 2017 is going to be a better year for us than last year. It truly will be. If I have hope and I focus on the positive, even if it is one small thing, each day brings, my outlook on life will be better and that will carry over to my children. They deserve to see all the good this world has instead of worry about where the money for bills will come from. That is not something I want them to worry about. I want them to be kids and be happy. With my focusing on the word “hope”, I will remember that so much goodness is here, right in front of me. God will give me what I/we need. I just have to have hope in him and his word.
Have you chosen a word for 2017? What is your ONE WORD?