My One Word for 2013 was empower.
I am still learning how to empower and to empower others. It is an ongoing practice and necessarily so.
My One Word for 2014 is/was listen.
As with my 2013 word, I am still learning how to listen. It too, is an ongoing and necessary practice.
But I have experienced, not just learned, but experienced a great deal by focusing on listening.
But there have been many moments, deep moments when the willingness of listening…
to my body (too much sugar, Jim; too much carb, Jim: uh Jim, you have a bad tooth (that was a recent one)
to my soul (you’re angry Jim, why?: why Jim are you so envious?; Jim you are too full of yourself, stop it!)
to people in pain – physical and otherwise
to God – “God will make a way, when there seems to be no way”
has been an experience of grace and peace
the peace, the serenity, the hope, the calm which listening has brought has been truly priceless.
In my listening I have
discovered ugly and black places in my heart and soul that the finger of God has been put on causing my ego and pride to scream out and resist until Grace comes in…
discovered the presence of God in a fresh affirming way as the song by Don Moen, God Will Make A Way has lodged in my mind as I have prayed about/for personal and family issues. He IS making a way and I am beginning to see that in some small, yet significant ways, which bring peace to me,
So I will continue to listen (and empower) because these words have been practices that I must continue to practice.
And I will also continue to listen because as I have prayed and reflected on My One Word for 2015 one has clearly been placed front and center in which the practices and of listen and empower are both a result of and embedded in this ancient spiritual practice.
I will write about this new word sometimes next month.
“So many words get lost. They leave the mouth and lose their courage, wandering aimlessly until they are swept into the gutter like dead leaves. On rainy days, you can hear their chorus rushing past: IwasabeautifulgirlPleasedon’tgoItoobelievemybodyismadeofglass-I’veneverlovedanyoneIthinkofmyselfasfunnyForgiveme…
There was a time when it wasn’t uncommon to use a piece of string to guide words that otherwise might falter on the way to their destinations…
When the world grew bigger, and there wasn’t enough string to keep the things people wanted to say from disappearing into the vastness, the telephone was invented.
Sometimes no length of string is long enough to say the thing that needs to be said. In such cases all the string can do, in whatever its form, is conduct a person’s silence.”
Nicole Strauss The History of Love