Three Little Words

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 likeΒ faithful, grateful, loving, optimistic, disciplined, growing.

I’m curious now, what are yours?



22 thoughts on “Three Little Words

  1. Oh goodness. This is gonna take some thought… I think my three words for 2019 would be Adventure, Fearless, and Release. Yeah. I think that’s close to what I’m going for…

    This is an absolutely beautiful thing, though!! I love it. Whoever posed that question is a genius, and I absolutely LOVE your words…

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  2. I love questions like that, but they really do make you think πŸ˜„ hm, I think my words for this year would be – sharing, contentment and growth.
    I want to share my life with people I love and appreciate – old friends, new ones, even strangers I’m yet to meet. I want to be happy and content no matter what challenges may arise. Finally, I want to grow and learn and experience new things this year. Yep, that’s what I’m going for πŸ˜‰

    Great question, my friend! Thank you for making me think about this πŸ’•

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  3. Fantastic, actually! Although goals I think are less something that you have to do or be guilty about failure, but more things you want to try to do when you can. My words… hum. Centered, hardworking, accepting. Centered because right now I need internal quiet to deal with everything, hardworking because I want to do well, accepting because I need to accept myself and others more fully.

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      1. For me it’s stress and expectation that I should be able to do more than I can. That’s my biggest issue with goals. I want to do it all at once. So I’m working now on priorities and taking one day at a time.
        Hope this new year is a fantastic and blessed one for you! πŸ™‚

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  4. This is such a beautiful idea! I love your words! I’m going to think of mine on the spot and use alliteration like you did:
    Strong. Songs. Speak. They stand for things that God has been teaching me or that I’m experiencing more of lately. 😊

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