One Word 2013

new cold rain plunks down,

ever downward,

the horizon meets the care-worn trees

beckoning the wind-blown sun–

higher, higher, higher.

i feel the rumble of a new year

turning over as we all clinked glasses

cheered on the magic crystal ball

plunging toward newness and endings.

at the moment,

new and old


my way toward

the unknown.

If you have been reading this blog for awhile or if not, you know that I’m not much on resolutions. And I’ve had some success at my One Word tries. Mostly, I picked words that weren’t terrifying or unfamiliar and chalked successes up to something a bit more focused. It is easy to say that this year will be different, but I don’t know if it will or not. All I know is this:

I’m different this year. I’m stronger. I’m braver. 

I want to ignite those passions that have lain dormant for years.

I want to use my voice to ignite louder discussions of grace.

I want 2013 to be the year that I ignite something far bigger than myself.

For my One Word 2013, I chose ignite. Not that wasn’t obvious by now. In some ways, it feels a bit like playing with fire not knowing its potency. And in other ways, it feels like my whole life has been spent knitting this word together like a glove for just a time as this. My words scares and uplifts me, but I’m ready for the journey.