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My Word For 2014

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It’s a funny thing to practice something, which you don’t think is very widespread, only to find out that it’s actually very common.

What am I talking about?

Choosing one word as a theme for your year; it’s happening all over the place. The #OneWord  is kind of like a New Year’s resolution.

Last year, before I launched my blog, before Twitter, and while I was still absent from Facebook, I chose one word that I wanted to see come to life in 2013.

I chose the word community.

I was sitting in a friend’s apartment, plate full of Thai food, heart full of hopes for the New Year, and I said something like, “I really want to meet new people. I don’t know if this writing thing, this blog thing, will be a part of that, but I’m ready for community again. I really want new friendships.”

Guess what?

It happened. It has come to fruition in the most beautiful and unexpected ways.

Of course, I’ve not been exempt from effort in creating new communities; it has taken a lot of time. I show up here to this space of my mine pretty often, I tweet my frustrations, silly details about my life, and attempt to have theological debates in 140 characters. Throughout the course of this year, I’ve met friends.

Online friendships are real friendships, no matter what you’ve heard or what your preconceived ideas are, they are true and deep and so full of life. My heart is full of love for people who were strangers to me at this time last year; it’s pretty incredible.

I wasn’t exactly lacking for friendships before 2013, but I reached a point where I was ready to be more vulnerable, I wanted to widen my circle. I’ve shared more deeply and more personally during 2013 than I have any other year in my life, and I am changed because of it. I’m so grateful I took on the word Community, even though I had no idea how it would all unfold.

So, my word for this year?

My word for 2014 is Shape.

I’ve fought writing this post for all these days in January because I was hoping something else would come to me, something easier really. Shaping 2014 seems like a pretty high calling for me right now.

I’m feeling a little weary these days, I’m feeling very helpless and depressed over things I can’t control, and some mornings I just wake up sad. I forget I have choices. That might sound silly, but if you’ve struggled with depression, you might know what I mean.

I can shape how I spend moments in my day, and those moments will add up to hours. Little ways, little steps at a time, this is how I will make my word come true this year.

On December 30th, I picked up Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, and that’s when my word for this year really snuggled deep in my soul.

The hour is striking so close above me,

so clear and sharp,

that all my senses ring with it.

I feel it now; there’s a power in me

To grasp and give shape to my world.


I know that nothing has ever been real

without me beholding it.

All becoming has needed me,

My looking ripens things

and they come toward me, to meet and be met.

And that was that, friends.

Shape, meet 2014.

{Have any of you chosen one word as a theme for 2014? I’d love to hear about it. Thanks for reading.}