Since I just started posting around July, I was not familiar with the One Little Word concept until I read some of the posts concerning them. I really liked the idea, but I didn’t know if I could come up with a word to guide me through 2014.
I was amazed at how many people wrote that their word just came to them. Well, the same thing happened to me. Call it Divine Inspiration or whatever you will, but here is what happened.
Because of the predicted weather, Kathy and I went to church Saturday afternoon for Sunday’s obligation. I wasn’t even thinking about Tuesday’s post or a guiding word. Suddenly a word popped into my head. “That’s it!” I thought. I had my word.
My guiding force for the new year is acceptance. Acceptance must begin with me. I must accept the fact that I can no longer do some of the things I could when I was younger.
Although mentally I don’t feel old, my body tells me otherwise. The old body has aches and pains where years ago there weren’t any. I look in the mirror and don’t recognize the person I see. That is my dad looking back at me.
I must also accept the fact that I can’t do it all. There is nothing wrong with saying “No”. In fact, it is better than agreeing to do something and then never getting around to it or doing something half-heartedly just to get it done.
I must accept that I am not an authority on all things. Many people know much more than I do.
I must accept that just because someone disagrees with me doesn’t mean that they are out to get me or are trying to show me up. Besides, differences of opinion can lead to some interesting discussions provided things don’t get personal.
There are many more things that I know I will need to accept as the year progresses. Keeping my word in mind I know will help cope as well as grow as an individual.