My friend, Melanie, over at Only A Breath, offered to make anyone who wanted one a “one word” blog button for 2013. Melanie, in turn, got the idea from Alece at OneWord365.com. The idea is to come up with your “theme” for the year, or as Alece puts it:
What do you want to focus on in 2013?
It can be something tangible or intangible. It can be a thought, a feeling, an action, or a character trait. Your word will be a reminder, a nudge. Something you can reflect on, that will challenge you, that will inspire you.
Your word can be anything you want it to be. All that matters is that it has personal meaning for you.
This is your word. It needs to resonate with your heart, no one else’s.
So I wrote to Melanie, and asked her to make my one word button. Here it is:
Why did I pick courage? Well, as you may know, fear has been one of my biggest challenges over the past few years (The Year of No Fear). In fact, “no fear” was my theme for 2011. Last year, I put my theme on hold as I struggled with some of the most terrifying events of my life (loss of our house and my husband and I separated by over 600 miles for more than 3 months while he was in school). During that time I managed to let my fear get out of hand again.
So I came to realize that I need to pick a theme every year. This year courage seems better than “no fear” because as Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all. From now on you’ll be traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to allow yourself to make the journey.
And in the Bible, Joshua 1:9 reads:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – NKJV