What’s your word – January

This is the first January that I have not tried to do all sorts of prompts or decorate pages about my word. It seems fitting. In order to invite REST into my life, I needed to step back from the making and sink into this word. And it has been amazing! At least once a week I have found an email or text that references rest.

This one arrived last week, just days after two of my friends entered a season of grief and loss, when the winter crud was zapping our staff, and on a day when my knee was aching from trying to do too much.

So I rested. I sat on the couch with my knitting and my leg elevated. I wrote notes of sympathy and encouragement. I slowed down. It was good.

I have some plans for exploring this word in new ways next month but I am also looking forward to seeing how it shows up.

Now it’s your turn. How have you and your word been getting along?

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14 thoughts on “What’s your word – January

  1. I completely forgot about last Tuesday OLW! BUT…my Strength (my OLW) has been sapped by my current cold. I will check in next month! Meanwhile – thanks for the link – I love the line “Imitate the habit of twilight” – beautiful!

  2. Another person who forgot about the last Tuesday OLW, but I’ve already written a rough draft so I won’t forget in Feb. I like that Rest has been showing up for you and you’ve been paying attention.

    1. I wonder if it is because it is the free version? I almost forgot about the link up and didn’t have time to find the paid version for the link up. Too much resting 😉

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  3. Yours is a word that we all could add to our repertoire, no doubt…some days I take extreme advantage of “resting,” and thus wind up being behind, ahem…must learn to balance that. I hope your knee’s better and I am sure your notes comfort your friends.
    Rest up!
    Cheers~

  4. We’re trying to THRIVE by making time for ourselves (partner & i, in the midst of a sick parent, four children, full time jobs & friends in crisis). I haven’t journalled about my word either…

  5. I realized something new about my word typing up my post for today – thank you! I’m so glad you’re finding a restful home with your word …and it’s only been a month! That On Being poem you shared is lovely. sometimes we just need to sit back and release the reins … God has a good plan for each of us!

  6. I think we could all use a little more rest in our lives. I think women especially (and specifically working women — and working mothers!) have a tendency to try to do it all and put ourselves last. It’s a good reminder that we’re no good to anyone if we don’t take care of ourselves and getting enough rest is one very important part of that!

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