What’s your ‘one word’ for 2016? If you haven’t come across One Word 365 yet, it’s a fun alternative to New Year Resolutions. Instead of a long list, you just choose one word that will shape your year.
Observant readers of this blog will notice that I didn’t write about my one word for 2015 – and in my newsletter I wrote about why this was. (Subscribe to find out!)
This year, my word of the year is ‘anchored’. One of my friends shared with me a mental image of me as a boat in still, calm water, and for some unknown reason I burst into tears when she said it. I’m still trying to discover exactly why I reacted so emotionally, but I feel an affinity with this word.
To be anchored is to be tethered. I spent much of last year trying to pretend that I wasn’t tethered by my illness, and by the end of the year, I could feel the rope straining and digging into my skin. Whether I like it or not, I have limitations, though my tendency is to try to forget them. There is an important balance here: if you dwell on the limitations of chronic illness too long, you may grow despondent. If you ignore the limitations, you risk worsening your health and crashing when you do too much. For me, I constantly need to remind myself of my limitations, so that when I look at my ever-growing ‘to do’ list I remember that I am not God, and cannot do all things. It is a discipline to select, prioritise, guard my time when I would rather just say ‘yes’ to everything. Every ‘no’ feels like a loss.
To be tethered sounds like a negative thing, and yet I love looking at boats anchored in harbours. They look so peaceful, and the surroundings are so beautiful. I want to stay with this image this year, reminding myself that even a boat that doesn’t go anywhere can still enjoy a good view.
In the Bible, excluding the uses of the word in literal boats, the word ‘anchor’ appears just once, in Hebrews 6:19. It talks about the hope of a future with Christ as an anchor for the soul, something you can cling to. I love the thought of God’s promises as an anchor for the soul, holding you steady.
Over to you:
- Do you have a ‘one word’ for 2016? What is it?