A year ago, I posted my three words to live by for 2018.
Frugality (updated to minimalism). Grace. Truth.
I will continue to live by those three words in 2019 and I will be adding to those words three new words. I wrote this post three weeks ago on November 26th, but after reading what I had written I posted the following on The Blogging Owl Facebook page:
“Sometimes you just have to remove your hands from the keyboard and allow what has been written to marinate for as long as it takes be become tender.” – The Blogging Owl
While my three words to live by in 2019 are the same, this post is much different than the one I wrote on November 26th.
The world demands our immediate response because of the fast pace of technology. My three words to live by in 2018 – minimalism – grace – truth – have taught me to slow down in mind, body, and spirit.
How often have I given an opinion or posted a comment here, elsewhere or in person that didn’t legitimately seek to understand but resulted in derision and divisiveness?
While owls are supposedly known for their wisdom (I don’t include myself here), I have chosen my first word to be – Wisdom.
To seek knowledge of what is true or right, coupled with just judgment as to action, discernment, or insight. (Dictionary.com)
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” – e.e. cummings
In this owl’s opinion, if a person does not feed the brain, the person becomes greedy. If a person does not feed the heart, the person becomes needy. And in both cases, the person becomes self-serving in spirit.
Proverbs 2:6-11 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
6 The LORD gives wisdom.
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He has reserved priceless wisdom for decent people.
He is a shield for those who walk in integrity
8 in order to guard those on the paths of justice
and to watch over the way of his godly ones.
9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—
every good course in life.
10 Wisdom will come into your heart.
Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Foresight will protect you.
Understanding will guard you.
My second word to live by in 2019 is – Honor. Honor goes hand in hand with wisdom.
“To speak with honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions.” (Dictionary.com)
Bold convictions do not require me to be unkind, but rather with emotional intelligence to reach understanding. There is a difference between understanding and acceptance that must be said. We are all made by God and I accept that person. Period. My goal is to do my best to understand that person or circumstance.
The best place to be at in any given moment is when I am surrounded by people who support me and lift me higher in mind, body and spirit whether they are family, friends, church, community or where I am employed. Even so, in or out of that cocoon, they and the world will challenge my opinions and even my heart. I accept, and I understand that reality.
Proverbs 4:6-8 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
6 Do not abandon wisdom, and it will watch over you.
Love wisdom, and it will protect you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is to acquire wisdom.
Acquire understanding with all that you have.
8 Cherish wisdom.
It will raise you up.
It will bring you honor when you embrace it.
For. The. Love. of. Scotch!
JOY! Is all around us if we just take the time to look for it, believe it, and feel it.
“To share happiness caused by living in the present, of finding delight in what is good.” (Dictionary.com)
“Self-confinement makes joy impossible. Feed my fears and my faith will starve. Feed my faith and my fear starves.” The Blogging Owl
Feeding my faith every day in mind, body and spirit helps me to find joy and share it even when it is purely the simple act of sharing a smile, opening a door for someone, or just listening to someone who is struggling in mind, body and spirit.
The smallest act of kindness toward someone maybe the biggest part of that person’s day. Be the biggest part of someone’s day. – The Blogging Owl
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Looking forward to 2019
There was a reason for taking my hands away from the keyboard 3 weeks ago. God still had much to teach me with my words to live by in 2018 in minimalism, grace and truth. After attending two separate funeral visitations of people who left this earth too soon, I have been called to write something very special in 2019 and to share that joy will take those 3 words to live in 2018 and plenty of wisdom and honor.
“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” Vincent van Gogh
Writing is my calling.
In the words of the poet, June Jordan,“As I am a poet, I express what I believe, and I fight against it whatever I oppose, in poetry.”
In minimalist fashion, may I write with grace, truth, wisdom and honor and with the understanding of sharing my joy with you.
The Blogging Owl
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