Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Some Things Are Just Weird

I’m in Houston this week. Looking out my 11th floor window, I see a fountain, the freeway and constant movement. In fact, Houston seems always to be in a state of movement. Even in this hotel, there’s activity everywhere—employees trying to keep guests happy, men and women attending business seminars. I feel totally out of place until someone hollers, “Hello Mrs. Ferguson.” That happens quite often. My husband befriends everyone he meets so they’re very curious when the wife comes to town. I feel as though they’re checking me out to see what kind of woman is married to the friendly, kind, inquisitive, helpful, godly guy they see each week. Is she as nice as he is or is she a demanding snob? Is she worthy--because he gives the young clerk advice on business courses and she actually grabs a pen and takes notes. He looks at pictures of the plumbing fixtures one of the young men has chosen for his new home. He talks to the valets about their foreign homes. They’re surprised when he's actually heard of their small cities, towns, villages, and that he can share trivia about their government. He even went to the hospital to visit when one of them had brain surgery.

This isn’t the blog post I’d intended. I wanted to tell you about my word—a word that jumped out at me and claimed me. I know writers who claim, choose, pray about or grab hold of a word for each New Year. I’ve never done that—never claimed, chosen, prayed for a word to guide or inspire me through a new year—but I’ve been pretty curious about how all that comes about. Well… now I know how it comes about. It just does.

My word leaped out at me when I was reading something. Everything around it fell away and it’s the only word I saw. It meant something to me. I recognized it. I knew deep down in my gut that it was MY word and something that I would experience over and over again during 2011. Sounds crazy. My word just came today—not all nice and neat at midnight of December 31, 2010 so I could officially start the New Year with it. And though my word just claimed me today, I can look back over the past few weeks and see that I’ve been experiencing it since the first of the year in a number of ways. Want to know what it is? Sure you do!

REDISCOVER

In 2011 I’m going to rediscover myself and my love for writing. I’m going to rediscover my love for God, for life, my art, my dreams, my goals, my poetry, my novels and their characters and my friends.

Evidently, I’m going to rediscover a lot more because when I look out this 11th floor window, in spite of the constant movement, all I can see is the good of my husband.

REDISCOVER.

Do you have a word that symbolizes what your year might bring? Or a word that offers encouragement? Share!

11 comments:

sunnycalgirl said...

I have read a few other posts mentioning a Word for the New Year..Don't laugh but my word is "Feet" I am not to stand still this year. I am to be moving, doing, accomplishing. I am a huge procrastinator and it is time to get beyond that. I have some writing dreams and it is going to start with completing a children's writing course that I gave up on..Only God knows what our future holds. Happy New Year!

Jess said...

Hi Sunnycalgirl, I'm not laughing. I love your word and your logic. I'm a horrible procrastinator too so I completely understand. :) Wishing you a very active--moving, doing, accomplishing--2011. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Definitely a worthy goal. I like that word. And there's always plenty to rediscover. and sometimes reinvent

Jess said...

Thanks for popping in, Charles. I like the word Rediscover too. Seems very promising to me. And so does Reinvent! :)

sunnycalgirl said...

Hi Jess, maybe my word is feat. I just looked up the definition..lol! I'll take it!

Jess said...

Too funny, sunnycalgirl! FEET made perfect sense to me. Feet or Feat... challenging either way if you're as bad a procrastinator as I am. :)

David Cranmer said...

A very good word and like Charles mentioned a worthy goal. My daughter is going to be born next month and I have a feeling I will be rediscovering the world through her eyes.

Jess said...

David, you're in for a real treat with a sweet little girl. Daughters have special relationshiips with their dads. :) When my daughter was little I could hardly wait for her to start talking. She was so much fun ... and still is! Thanks for visiting me.

Jan Rider Newman said...

From the look of things so far, I guess my 2011 word is BUSY. :)

Carole said...

I actually had not heard of the concept until this year. It was very weird. So I had some momnets of quietness and really prayed and meditated and I absolutely hated the word that came to mind.

So I am deciding that I don't really have a word for 2011. But if you must know the was DEATH.

I haven't been able to figure out how to make it into a good thing yet so I pretend I never heard it.

Jess said...

Jan, I agree. 2011 is going to be BUSY, BUSY, BUSY for you. That's definitely your word. :)

Carole, wow! I can see where that would shake you up, but death can be a positive. Death of procrastination. Death of any bad habits you might have--envy, jealousy, resentfullness, depression, negative thoughts. Death of one book so you can move on to the next. Write down all the positives you can get out of the word death ... and pray.