There has been some confusion in our house lately around two different words. Whenever my 1 year old sees a picture of a goose, we usually tell him it’s a goose and that it says…
A good friend of mine always chooses a theme for his coming year. He bases his theme choice on a combination of what he learned from his last year, what he hopes for the coming year, and the practical details of what’s ahead.
Back in college when he first told me about how he did this, I didn’t think too much of it. More recently, my friend Lacy from A Sacred Journey has been a consistent advocate for choosing a word (and all things related to intentional and spiritual living— see her post about her word for this year here). Over the years the idea has grown on me. Sometimes I’ve felt like I want a theme for my year but don’t know what it should be. Other years I haven’t felt the need for a theme. Still others it’s felt like there’s an obvious choice.
This year for me is the later. There’s one thing that is on my horizon. It’s as if everything that I’m pursuing passes through it.
But before I tell you what it is, I want to offer some ideas for you to think through as you consider what your theme might be…
If you’re thinking about 2016, New Years Resolutions, and how to make the year great, I’ve got some news for you:
Doing the same thing won’t produce different results.
Every year it’s the same. We set resolutions. We break resolutions. We get to the end of the year and wonder what has happened.
And then we do it again.
Well it’s time to break the cycle. It’s time to kick 2016 where it hurts.
Here are a handful of ways: …
Picture this with me: a large elephant chained to a small post in the ground.
Maybe you’ve seen a similar sight? It’s a powerful visual. Why would a large and powerful elephant be held captive by something so small and insignificant?
It’s because of what that elephant has come to believe about himself and that post. If you tie an elephant to a post when he’s young, he can’t get away. If you do this regularly while he grows, he’ll continue to believe that he can’t escape, no matter how large he becomes.
If the world tells you the same story enough times, it’s hard not to believe it.
By the time he’s an adult he won’t challenge the power that a little post and chain has over him.
He accepts the fact that he can’t pull the post from the ground — even though he now can. He has a history with that post and remembers the power that it used to have over him.
But the fact is that he could break free if he wanted to— if he could believe that he was capable.
How often have you accepted something that was true in the past as being truth in the present? How many posts have you been tied to? How much would it take for you to break free?