Quite a few writers have talked about finding their word for the year. Some have done it for many years but I've never jumped in and chosen mine.
This year I decided to choose a phrase instead: Embrace the Adventure.
I'm not sure the exact moment my dismal situation hit me. Maybe when I started noticing a pattern of complaints in my journal. Maybe when my good friend joked that after seven years, yeah, maybe she was a little tired of my whining. (I'm a slow learner.)
I guess it doesn't matter when but more importantly that I do recognize how I'm taking my ups and downs in life. Sure, I'll say it. I whine. Maybe a lot. It depends on what's happening. Don't make me tell you how low I can go. Envision the limbo.
Instead of embracing the changes God gives me in my life, I run screaming and moaning from them. I can imagine His reaction. I pray and pray for something and when He allows it to happen, I whine because it isn't exactly in my timing or the exact way I'd imagined it. I really don't trust too well.
So today a new mantra goes up on my refrigerator. Embrace the Adventure. Fall full into God's arms when He gives me a new situation. Take it on and be grateful for the experience. Watch and learn from it. Be thankful.
But most of all. Don't whine.
Disclaimer: This change might come slowly but it's the effort that counts.