Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, New Word

Hey everyone!

I know I have largely been missing in action on the blog this year. If you recall, my goal for 2014 was to grow in several aspects of my life. The word "growth" was chosen as the watchword for the last twelve months. Every morning I have been at home this year, the word "GROW" has faced me from its index card on the bathroom mirror. I have intentionally tried to grow in a few different ways this year. Socially, I dated less that ever before and instead concentrated on building strong friendships with a wide variety of people. Whether it's my friend Marlayna introducing me to opera or hanging out with my pal Derrick after worship at Alamo, I feel that I have made some connections that will last long after the majority of 2014 fades into memory. I worked at growing and developing a stronger sense of self. I tried doing things I wanted to do even though they might not immediately bring any type of reward. I attended an adult acting workshop last winter, I became more comfortable with Memphis and with the urban lifestyle several of my friends enjoy, I tried new restaurants, read new books, and did some things just for fun. I am trying to find out what it is to be me, and my growth in 2014 aided in that process. I also became more aware of where I want to take my life spiritually in the future. My prayer life has been a struggle as has my quest to read through the Bible in a year, but I am trying to focus in those areas as I begin 2015.

2014 was a Year of Growth.
2015 will be a Year of Listening.

I can't tell you how often I meet a person and have a great conversation, but then realize later that I wasn't really paying attention to the other person. In 2015, I look to listen more. I want to be an active listener in 2015. I believe making a conscious effort to listen more effectively will improve my personal relationships, my ministry, and my general outlook. I want to listen to the people I love more carefully. I want to listen to strangers more intentionally and truly be present in the conversation. I want to listen to eclectic music, great audiobooks, thought-provoking podcasts.

What will your word be for 2015?
Love? Grace? Thankfulness? Knowledge?

I hope that in my listening I will discover some insights to share here on the blog.

Thanks for hanging around.
Love,

~W

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Will! I am going to try commenting again. I had a little bit of trouble when I was travelling and did not have my laptop.

    I feel slightly famous being mentioned in a blog.

    "Listen" sounds like a great word for 2015. I read this editorial recently http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/01/opinion/sunday/what-you-learn-in-your-40s.html?_r=0 "What You Learn in Your 40s" hoping to get a jump on my 40s and save myself some painful life lessons. I mean, if I had known what I know in my 30s in my 20s, I would be way ahead, right?

    The one idea that stuck with me from this piece is, "If you worry less about what people think of you, you can pick up an astonishing amount of information about them. You no longer leave conversations wondering what just happened. Other people’s minds and motives are finally revealed." For me, at least, my concern about what people are thinking about me is probably the biggest impediment to truly listening to them. I hope in 2015 that I will, in the words of the Prayer Attributed to St. Francis, seek not to be understood, but to understand.

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