2014 Intentions: a Word

As the old year ends, I like to choose a word or phrase that captures my intention for the new year. I might put this phrase on a card over my desk, or at the bottom of my emails, somewhere I’ll see it with some regularity.

My 2013 phrase was: “Be Lighthearted and Gracious.” My mental image for that phrase was a fluffy white feather. The extended version — the commentary, or midrash, or hashtag — was: “Remember that everyone is fighting a hard battle.”

The phrase was helpful to me, especially during a time that was professionally difficult. I won’t pretend I succeeded in being gracious, but the intention did serve as an anchor, which is the point.

My 2012 phrase was: “Close the Loop” which is still a mantra of sorts. At any rate it helps me get the clothes out of the dryer, or empty the dishwasher.

Now I’m choosing my 2014 phrase. I’m entertaining this one: “Do the Work.” I have a massive amount of writing to plow through and it is rather intimidating.

Do you choose a word or phrase for the year? Want to share?

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I'm an essayist, memoirist, and Presbyterian pastor. My books are both spiritual memoirs -- "Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land" and "Ruined."

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2 thoughts on “2014 Intentions: a Word

  1. In this year of my ordination as priest, I think it was ‘Becoming who you are’ ..
    (with the image of a chalice being formed on the potter’s wheel)
    Still thinking about 2014.
    Having bought your book for a friend going on retreat to Israel, and being deeply blessed by it myself- I now find myself very unexpectedly – also going on retreat to Israel on Friday! (with Michael Card) Your book was, I think God’s invitation to this. Thank you again.

    • Feather, how exciting that you’re going on pilgrimage! What a way to start the new year. I’m so glad you found my book to be a blessing — that means a lot to me. I would be MOST indebted if you would let the members and leaders of your group know about my book, and that you found it helpful. Also, remember that I would love to hear about your group’s experience — debriefing by Skype? Have a powerful pilgrimage!

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