“Wherever you are, be all there!” -Jim Elliot
How perfectly appropriate that quote is for me. I was asked what my word of the year for 2016 was going to be. I actually like the idea of choosing a word of the year instead of making a resolution that I ultimately will not end up keeping thus repeating the same resolution year after year! The reality is, I will never get the pre-twins or pre-10lb. baby body back! And, that is okay – they are worth every body change and more! So I like the idea of a word and I really had to think about what my word or theme should be for the upcoming year. There are so many I could choose, but after giving it some thought, I decided to choose present. Not as in a gift, but as in being present – not with my mind racing 5 tasks ahead on my to-do list, not living for spring break, a day off, summer, the next big event or milestone for the kids, but to just be present.
With three children going in various directions, my commitment to cooking dinner during the week, a part-time job, 2 blogs and a 3rd I manage for someone else, a spouse that works insanely hard with long work hours, and then the typical family stuff, I find myself going through the motions at times and not being present. Sometimes I am intentionally present – especially with one on one time with a child in the car. But other times, the list and the to-do’s are more of a focus than being present and enjoying the moment. Really soaking in the opportunity I have to talk to someone. Really appreciating each moment and interaction.
Being present is something we always enjoy at the holidays. The downtime from school and activities is so good for our family. We play games, bake together and see extended family and it is so good for the soul. And sometimes, it is good to take a break from the people you see day in and day out. Yes, it is good. And a break from social media. Can we talk about that? I see it with my teens and I say all the time – don’t be so interested in how someone else is living their life that you forget to live your own. And don’t be so interested in documenting your life that you forget to be present and enjoy it! So there it is – my word for myself and our family – present.
Do you choose a word? What is your word for 2016?