What’s your word?

When we choose to rest from work, it is an act of compassion toward ourselves.” Shelly Miller, Rhythms of Rest: Finding the spirit of sabbath in a busy world


This is not the word I thought I would be sharing when Carole and I chatted about how we could use our blog spaces to make our words more visible this year. I was about halfway through Shelly Miller’s book but I was also reading a lot about gratitude and the difference between being grateful and living gratitude. And then there was health, wellness, and rooted- all words that seems to be calling for attention.

But that last week before Christmas break the best word to describe how I felt was weary. I knew I needed to rest. And on the 24th, I found myself on the couch with an ice pack on my knee and tears in my eyes from knee pain. Yup. I really did need to rest.

So here it is.

My one word for 2019.

It feels a bit counterintuitive. But I am pretty sure that there is plenty of action in this word.

What is your word? I hope you will share it here.


Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

15 thoughts on “What’s your word?

  1. A beautiful choice, Juliann … it’s wonderful when a word chooses you. Wishing you all the best for 2019! (and I’ll be back later today with a link to my OLW … waiting for the sun to come up so I can – hopefully! – get a photo!)

  2. It’s clear that your word chose you, and I hope it serves you well this year. My story is much the same; I had chosen a completely different word, but patience kept bubbling up to the top, whispering that I could express much more generosity, acceptance, peace … if only I could live with much more patience. Thank you for doing this!

  3. This is a wonderful choice, Juliann! And, yes – it is so wonderful when a word chooses you! I hope you have a happy and rest-filled new year!

  4. There is definitely action in the choice to rest. I’m looking forward to being on this journey with you and all of our blogging friends!

  5. A wonderful choice (and it definitely found you). I thought about a number of different words, but kept coming back to Strength. So that’s my choice for this year. Wishing you all the best for a RESTful New Year and much joy.

  6. I had a word for 2019. And I was all ready for it! But then . . . a different word bubbled up the other day. I’m still thinking it through a little bit, but will be ready to share it soon.

    I think your word – REST – will provide an interesting journey for you this year. I can’t wait to see where it takes you! XO

  7. It’s a word which radiates kindness – and sounds just what you need. I am sure there will be many kinds of rest, and lots of layers to be gently explored as and when it feels possible; hoping that the pain in your knee eases and that others can step up to do their bit around around. Sending warmest good wishes for 2019.

  8. Good choice! I hope that today that knee of yours got lots of rest and is feeling some better. Take care, my friend.

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