Reading Kerry’s reflections on her “words” for this year and last, I realized that her one-word resolution for 2016 had been mine for 2015. My #OneWord for the year had chosen with good and hopeful intentions, but even before February arrived it looked like it might not be something I could live up to, and before long, I pretty much forgot about it entirely. The year of cancer didn’t bring me all that much I wanted to make the effort to savor, quite frankly.
Just for fun, I asked Facebook what my OneWord for this year might be, and it told me this:
I would love for Facebook to be right about this…who wouldn’t? But when I don’t let Facebook choose for me, I find myself with something in mind more like what Sheila mentioned about in reflecting on her 2015 word:
Even in this. EVEN in this….
I must emerge.
I put the necklace back on. It has new meaning. A harder meaning. Not the energetic “Run with the bulls” attitude I came into 2015 with… but a more humbling one. I emerge. Daily. I rise… again. I put my head up, I wipe away my tears and I do this every day for my son. I emerge.
2016 arrives with challenges already in hand, brought forward from the year just ended, and I am sure it has plenty of others it will surprise me with in the months to come. My challenge is not to retreat, but to act on
my #OneWord resolution for 2016, RISE.
- rise to the challenges
- rise to the opportunities
- rise to lift myself out of my comfort zone
- rise to reach for better, and for more
Are you ready to rise to greet this new year?