Choose made the short list of OLWs for this year at Thanksgiving, when I read Diana Butler Bass’ prayer and post about Choosing Gratitude (I even blogged about it). but I resisted. because I’d already done that word … way back in 2014. and then … as any of y’all who do this whole OLW thing know, the word kept showing up. I started thinking about how the choices I make every single minute shape the life I’m living today and the lives of more than just me for tomorrow … and how even having choices is a privilege that I need to recognize responsibly. Late in December, I read Anne Lamott’s Stitches; this quotation pretty much sealed the deal:
Every time we choose the good action or response, the decent, the valuable, it builds, incrementally, to renewal, resurrection, the place of newness, freedom, justice.
I finally ordered the mug and it arrived just after Sara left. It’s now My Mug. I love that ever-present reminder with every cup of coffee or tea that my choices matter and that they are mine to make.
Along with choosing a not-so-new word, I also spent time with my intentions. I’ve been making a short more/less list for a few years and this is the first one that felt right to be just moreOnly the gratitude stayed … although I did have to move it up a row to balance everything out 🙂
Now I find myself again at the point in this journey where I am paying close attention to where the word shows up. It seems like it’s everywhere! and this one, from Pastor Steve’s newsletter on Inauguration Day is the one I pasted into my journal
A people as one rise from fear and grief
and choose hope and justice.
People do rise.
People get up from familiar nets
and follow a leader into a future
unknown but trusted,
a new day— a gift of God
and the work of the people.
we’re invited to leave the familiar.
Clouds still hover, the dawn comes slow;
but in the receding darkness
we bear no angry torches:
we raise candles of hope, the light of love.
We become the future we choose.
For a new day we give thanks
and and follow in a new way,
knowing for it to be a new day
we must become new people.
We celebrate, getting up
from what we know
and walking step by step
into what we don’t know
with the One
who knows us.
We become the future we choose. Let’s make it one full of joy, gratitude, and hope.