As winter settled in last year, a sense of newness brought anticipation. I entered 2020 with the commitment to search for peace, notice nature's harmony, and cease the attitude of being busy all the time. I wanted to slow down and savor evocative nature's moments. Hence, the word balance arose as a guide word at the crossroads of a new year in a new decade. A new grandbaby was born in January; balance was present. In February, we signed a contract to build a new house in Northern Virginia, a sign that a new path was opening. There was a newness evolving but then, by the end of March, my world was jolted. A pandemic swept through the word, blindsiding everyone. My balance was knocked off-kilter. I tried to keep the balls juggling while balancing my work life with my personal life but there was a disconnect. Clearly, by the end of this year, I needed to re-evaluate and re-imagine a new pathway. A focus word was needed to restore my balance and bring hope.
So I pondered, mulled over numerous words, reviewed my previous #onewords: openness, listen, believe, joy, hope, embrace, and balance, and just waited for a 2021 word to appear.
New Year's Eve came and went and so did New Year's Day. One word hashtags were seen throughout social media; tweets and blogs shared. I was waiting for a word to appear, a divine sign. Then, I found a quote by Thomas Merton, 20th Century monk, author, theologian, poet, scholar, and social activist. "We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves." My word started to emerge. I was ready to renew my life, restore balance, and unfold into a better version of myself.
My 2021 Commitment Statement
(adapted from A.D. Posey's inspirational quote)
In faith, like a flower, I shall feel myself rise above, begin to open, and begin anew.
A New Chapter BEGINS.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. (Lao Tzu)
And You? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? (Rumi)
As the host of Spiritual Journey Thursday this month, I invite you to share your #OneWord2021 blog post.
Leave your #oneword digital at the hastag, #WintersEmbrace 2021, on Twitter.
If interested, I will add it to the Winter's Embrace 2021 Gallery that I am creating.