No, these three little words are not “I love you”, though that is important to say and to hear – I just wanted to get your attention.
When we look at New Years, and as we sit in the beginning of January, looking out into the horizon that makes up next year, we make all sorts of grandiose challenges. We dare ourselves to run faster, jump higher, be better.
Inevitably, when we don’t measure up, we either give up or feel guilty as we continue to push towards this unattainable goal that in itself, becomes a prison. Are our goals designed to help us live with more freedom? Or do we become a slave to the goals themselves instead of freeing ourselves of the unhealthy habits? Do we just switch masters?
I’m sure you’re wondering where my “three little words” title comes into play.
I was talking with my parents – as I often do, our conversations inspire many a post on this blog, it really helps with writer’s block, let me tell you – and as we were discussing the new year with our friends, one of them posed a question. (I’m not entirely sure who, since I came in halfway through the discussion – I was asleep, because I don’t like early mornings. I’m sure my mom will tell me who asked the question after this post.)
What are three words that describe how you want your New Year to be?
No resolutions, no unattainable goals, no slaving away until you become the perfect person, have the perfect body, have the best prayer life in your small group.
Just three little words.
Three words that describe how you want to live and grow in the year of 2019. I used a bit of alliteration with mine so I’d remember.
Peace. Prepared. Prayer.
I’ve asked a couple different people this, and the answers you get are just lovely. I’ve heard beautiful words like faithful, grateful, loving, optimistic, disciplined, growing.
I’m curious now, what are yours?