New Year, New Word

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
-Buddha

Garden of peace 3-10-2010 at National Museuem of the Pacific War

The entrance to the Garden of Peace at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. If you click on the photo, you can go to the original post which was for Jake’s Weekly Photo Challenge prompt – “shelter”.

Before I share my one word for 2013, I want to share a brief overview to those readers who may not know what I mean by my one word for 2013. This is an excerpt from the My One Word website:

“If you’re like most people, each January goes something like this: You choose a problematic behavior that has plagued you for years and vow to reverse it. In fact, you can probably think of two or three undesirable habits—make that four or five.

Thus begins the litany of imperfections to be perfected commonly known as “New Year’s Resolutions.” All of which are typically off your radar by February.

‘My One Word’ is an experiment designed to move you beyond this cycle. The challenge is simple: lose the long list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick ONE WORD.

This process provides clarity by taking all your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single focus. Just one word that centers on your character and creates a vision for your future. So, we invite you to join us and pick one word for the next twelve months.”

My son peafully exploring the Garden of Peace in Fredericksburg, Texas in 2010.

My son peacefully exploring the Garden of Peace in Fredericksburg, Texas in 2010.

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

From my choice of quotes and photos, you may have guessed my one word. The word is peace. As I considered what word to choose for my one word for 2013, many words came to mind. Cherish, rest, order, simple, balance…And many more. I looked around on the internet for ideas. And I prayed to figure out a good word to help me grow this year. I slept on it, ruminated on it. There’s so much I want to work on. It was really difficult finding or discovering that one word for 2013. But I realized that when I truly stop and work on relaxing and pray and meditate on having peace of mind, all the clutter inside and around me becomes less overwhelming. Worry is replaced by productive action, writing, and problem solving. I start to remember again what’s important. The peace usually does not come easily, so I know I need to “work at it”. For that reason, peace is my one word for 2013.

My One Word 2013

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
-John 14:27

If you are interested in the concept of choosing one word for the year, below are some articles that can help you get started. I found several different websites on the concept of choosing one word.  One site is religious, one promotes an online workshop,  another you may use a Linky to share your word and post with other bloggers, and one is geared towards college students at the University of the Pacific.  These and a few other sites are also helpful in giving ideas for your one word.  You can also use PicMonkey, at no cost, to create a badge with a photo and the one word. If you choose to join in, Happy Word Finding/Discovering.

🙂 Happy New Year and Peace to All!!! 🙂

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About Claudia

Hi!! My name is Claudia. Blogging is sort of a creative/therapeutic activity for me. I blog about being a wife, mother, student, caseworker, and simply being human through photography, words, music, and blog challenges. Mental illness has also been part of my life, so you'll sometimes find mental health and psychology in my posts. I've dealt with anxiety and depression most of my life. And my husband has bipolar disorder. My hope is that I may show readers that it is possible for people to live positive, productive lives despite mental illness, challenges, or frustrations. View all posts by Claudia

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