I've never been much for New Year's resolutions. Then I discovered the word of the year idea atAli Edwards via Nicole and I was hooked. Last year my word was daily, with the thought being to focus more on the dailiness of life. I don't know that I really kept it close and worked with it as much as I should have. I think this is because it wasn't a word chosen truly from my heart. I wasn't strongly convicted to work with it.
My words for this coming new year are Be Gentle and Listen. My husband said something to me a couple of weeks ago about the tone of voice I frequently use with my family (exasparated would be the best description). My immediate reaction was to be defensive and excuse my behavior. But his words stayed with me. The more I thought about it the more I realized a couple of things. One, my tone sets the tone. If I'm short and give the impression of being bothered I really can't blame my husband and children for the same. Two, I don't like it when someone is short with me. It hurts my feelings.
So I am strongly convicted to Be more Gentle when speaking to my family.
Listen. I need to listen to that small, still voice inside more. I need to spend more time in prayer, it is as simple as that. I've been reading a great deal about the Rule of St. Benedict . Something resonates deeply with me about this wisdom as a way of life. I plan to follow the daily readings of the Rule. At the end of the year each chapter will have been read three times. I want to deeply instill St. Benedict's wisdom. So each day I will listen to his Rule, and each day I will pray and listen for the small, still voice of God.