Growth :: My #oneword365 {}

Growth :: My #oneword365

Jan 1st, 2018 Becoming

Stagnant is such an easy thing to become. It happens when things are comfortable. There is nothing rippling the water; nothing making waves or disrupting the surface tension. Everything is blissfully still. Safe.

Except it isn’t.  Everything appears inactive and lifeless, but stagnation is ideal for harmful parasites, bacteria, and disease-carrying insects, like mosquitos.

Imagine what harmful parasites and bacteria are incubating in a stagnant soul.

My One Word for 2017: Mindful {}

My One Word For 2017: Mindful

Jan 16th, 2017 Becoming

I want this to be a year of awareness. I want to acknowledge how things make me think and feel so I can modify my behavior. But further, I want to be mindful of my surroundings. I want to know what is happening in the lives of those around me. I want to know what’s going on in my church and my community and respond gracefully and appropriately.

How to be helpful, for those who aren't (like me) || boldly, tanya

How To Be Helpful, For Those Who Aren’t (Like Me)

Jul 24th, 2016 Becoming

I used to be mean. (Okay, I still am.) Not the nasty, talk about you behind your back mean. Or the pull your hair and spit in your face physical mean. Not even the call you names mean. I was the uncompassionate and unhelpful kind of mean.

My One Word for 2016: Discipline.

Jan 1st, 2016 Becoming

On a spectrum ranging from complete laziness to industrious burn out, I find a billion and one reasons not to do something, even if it is something I desperately want to do. Lawlessness is the silver spoon I use to sample each and every one of those problematic motives. Every bite is followed by the repulsive aftertaste of self-loathing; yet, I keep going back for more.

What is wrong with me?

It’s time to put the spoon down and step away from the table. This knowledge necessitates change. So I am making discipline my one word for 2016 (while noting the irony).