It’s all the rage right now.
And it’s not just for an elite few anymore. It’s for everyone.
One Word has found its way into mainstream culture. So much so that the Today show featured a segment on One Word last week. In the segment, Jon Gordon, co-author of One Word That Will Change Your Life, explained what One Word is and how to pick your word for the year (watch the clip here).
Didn’t watch the clip? Still don’t understand all the hype about One Word?
Alece Ronzino, founder of One Word 365, describes it best on the OneWord365 website: “Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway. Choose just one word. One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long…if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.”
One Word’s a big deal in the blogging community. I’ve been reading about everyone else’s One Word for 3 1/2 years now, but I’ve never chosen my own One Word.
I wasn’t going to choose One Word this year, either.
But then I got to thinking.
Maybe there’s something to this.
Maybe One Word is just what I need – to provide focus, clarity, direction – for me.
Maybe One Word will bring me closer to a place of peace with who I am.
So I scribbled as I drove.
Quiet. Still. Now. Be.Because I want to be present, live in the moment. I want to know peace.
Seek. Bold. Do. Free. Because I want to break free, step boldly into whatever I’m supposed to do next.
Love. Low. Meet. Grace. Because I want to bend low, freely extending love and grace to myself and others.
Focus. Voice. Know. Truth. Because God wants to lead me. I need to focus on His voice, know His truth.
And that left me with Go. Follow. Trust.
I could choose any one of them, really. I need all three.
But I’m going to Trust. that I’ll pick the right word and He’ll have my back, no matter what. So I’m letting that one go.
Follow. It’s the word I think I should choose between the two that remain.
Follow. and Go.
I don’t want to live by should anymore.
Should’s been a burden. Should‘s kept me bound. Should‘s had its day.
So as much as I desperately want to Follow. and will Follow. what I really need to do is just Go.
Because I need to let Go.
Let Go. of pain from the past, let Go. of what should have been, let Go. of what should be.
I need to let Go. of perfectionistic ideals.
I need to let Go. of unrealistic expectations of myself and others. I need to let Go. of that once and for all.
It’s high time I let Go. of having an answer. Let Go. of the feeling I need to be the answer. Let Go. of being a rescuer.
It’s time I let Go. and let the Heavenly Father rescue me.
Let Go. of what was. Let Go. of you should, you could, you totally could. Go. when it’s time to Go.
Let Go. of words when they hurt, disappoint.
Let Go. when words don’t fill, heal, encourage the way I want them to, need them to.
Let it Go. Let it all Go. Let Go.
Let Go. and Let God.
And then I need to Go.
Ya, I just need to Go.
Go. Get away.
Go. get some time by myself.
Go. relax. Chill out. Take a metaphorical chill pill, girl.
Go. get some fresh air.
Go. garden some more.
Go. love like wild.
Go. love on the least of these. Go. get joy like I’ve never experienced before. Go. find where I want to Go. again.
Go. where I’ve been called. Go. where I’m being called.
Go. after that God-sized dream. Go. without doubting. Go. without second-guessing. Go. without wondering if I’m simply stuck in a never-ending daydream. Go. because what’s there to lose except my life?
Go. pursue that far-fetched thing. It might actually work.
Go. do that new thing.
Go. try that old thing again.
Go. tell them all the beautiful things they never knew about themselves.
Go. tell them what they really need to hear. Tell them you see them. Tell them you noticed. Tell them they’re loved. Tell them they’ve not been forgotten. Tell them they’ve been heard. Tell them they’re precious, worthy, irreplaceable. Tell them there’s a plan for their life. Ya, Go. Do that. And do it again.
Go. where little girls laugh. And big girls are free to laugh again. Go. Restore the little girl voice.
And don’t forget the vision. Go. Continue becoming the beautiful, old, wise woman.
Let Go. of plan A and plan B. Make room for God’s, plan C.
Go. where you’ve never gone before.
Go. like it matters.
Go. like it’s your life.