“She carefully gathers the minutes of her life and lives them.”
I truly love the ritual of exploring words and choosing one to focus on for a year. Every year since 2007, I follow Ali Edwards’ example of taking a word and making it my own.
Each word acts as a lens for me to view myself, and the actions I intend to take.
This year’s word found me. It has been on the back burner since February 2015. I actually considered changing my 2015 word, but I wanted to see where “Splash” took me. Glad I did. “Splash” helped me break out of a rut and become more active, a little more fun. I played with recipes, and took every opportunity I could to go places with water. So, I kept commitment with “Splash” for 2015. But that word from February is begging for it’s chance to shine in 2016.
My One Little Word for 2016 is GATHER.
When this word found me I worried, slightly; I tend to gather and hold onto ‘things.’ I have been known as a pack rat. Then, one night, I actually laid on my pillow and thought of all the phrases I knew that featured “Gather.”
Gather every needful thing.
Gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing.
Gather at the table.
Gather my wits.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.
A rolling stone gathers no dust.
I gather she’s madly in love with him.
The dimensions of this word encompass so many aspects I want to improve this year. It’s an action word through and through.
Verb: To search for and find similar things you want or need
Verb: To bring things closer together.
Transitive: If something gathers force, speed, or strength, its force, speed, or strength increases.
Verb: Collect, organize, to meet together as a group, look for and find information
There was a definition that surprised me. When I found it, there were tears because “Gather” settled deeply into my need to expand my faith:
Verb: To believe that something is true, although no one has directly told you about it.
Since I love bullet points here are some that highlight my intentional foci for 2016 encompasses:
- Food storage
- Making memories with the Sprogs while they are still around.
- Provide a place for my family to gather
- Provide reasons to gather in the future, when the sprogs go their separate ways.
- Inertia – become more forceful, speedy, and strong.
- Celebrate with activities and parties.
- Baskets, the perfect gathering tool which also make for pretty presentations.
As I gather memories, items, and people, I also want to gather the pieces of “me”. I want to examine the stuff and the pieces and determine what to let go and keep. I just really want to be my best self: happy.