This month Margaret Simon asks us to reflect on the one little word we have chosen to guide us through 2023. Thank you, Margaret, for hosting this first spiritual journey Thursday of 2023.
I have been mulling over what my guiding word for 2023 should be. Many words have been swimming around in my head only to continue on their way. Try as I might none stayed with me long enough to be a guiding light.
Other years one grounding word just popped out at me saying it will be my guide for the year. This year not so. It is not like I haven’t spent enough time thinking about it. I thought that even if I could come up with several options I could then try to narrow the list. That didn’t happen.
There are certainly enough sites out there offering inspirational words. I admit I tried going to a few for inspiration. No luck. What I felt I needed wasn’t to be found in those lists.
Then a light went on. Why was I not content? Why was I looking for more? Was I trying too hard? Maybe I was trying to find a word that I felt might impress others when they heard it. Definitely not a way to pick a guiding word.
I thought some more. What did I want my word to do? Was I trying to make it more than what it should be which is a guiding principle for me in the coming year?
After auditioning and rejecting several possibilities it hit me. My guide for this year will be try.
I will try to be a better person.
I will try to accept others as they are.
I will try to keep learning as an integral part of my life.
I will try to be there for others in whatever capacity I’m needed.
I will try to be thankful for whatever life sends my way.
I will try to be an active and contributing member of the group’s to which I belong.
I will try to accept God’s plan for me knowing that He knows better than I what is good for me.If
Will I be successful in all of these? I don’t know. What I do know is that I will try.