Meaningful

Every year (or most years…) I prayerfully consider what my One Word for the new year will be. Some words have been more memorable than others, some years I kept the word in mind as an anchor. Some years, not so much.

This year my word is “Meaningful.”

Because…

I want to do MEANINGFUL work this year. Not just a series of projects and tasks, conquering a to-do list. I want to do work that matters. In a way that matters.

Some of the work will be different. I’m excited about a few new projects I’m developing for 2019. But some of the work will be the same. The biggest challenge, I think, will be doing “the same” work in a new way, with fresh perspective and renewed passion.

Meaningful work is harder than completing a list of tasks. Meaningful work requires us to work in the direction of a greater purpose. That means saying no to some things that are easy, familiar, or sometimes financially beneficial. It means saying yes to things that will stretch us, things that will require more thought, more energy, more focus.

I’m ready for this kind of work, this challenging and meaningful work. I want to get off the beaten path of ordinary and expected. My ordinary and expected. My usual way of working that longs for “auto-pilot” and shies from “passion essential.”

But it’s not just about the work.

I want to relate in more MEANINGFUL ways this year, not just with people I know and love, but with others in general. I don’t want to take the moments for granted, and by extension, the people in my life.

As part of this desire for a more meaningful life, I’ve deleted my social media accounts—Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I won’t get preachy about it; I do plan to write more on this later. For now, I’ll say only this: Hitting the delete button was easy. And meaningful. It's been only 24 hours and yet I feel like I’m already on my way to appreciating others more.

Am I crazy?

As a writer who needs to promote her work, deleting social media may seem counterproductive. I am confident the opposite will be true, at least for me. I’ll be writing about that here on the blog, chronicling the challenges and benefits of this decision.

I’ll also be sharing weekly on the MEANINGFUL moments of life. They are all around us, in the special events and the mundane alike. I want to recognize them and live them fully.

Lately it seems like life is a series of looking forward, forward, forward--then behind, behind, behind. Take Christmas, for example. I anticipate for weeks, then all of a sudden, it’s over. All that remains is a vague memory, a blur of snapshots and emotions.

I look back wondering where do the moments go? Do you feel that too?

There is no pause button on life, but I am convinced there is a "slow-down" button. I'm convinced, because somewhere along the way I must have hit the "fast-forward" button.

So, here's to slowing down in 2019, to meaningful moments savored and life fully lived.

4 Comments

  1. gregory anderson on January 1, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    I appreciate your comments here, and I agree about the hope for a slow-down button. I have been needing to step off the escalator and walk the stairs, so to speak. I’ve heard it referred to as choosing to live an intentional life. I don’t want to be the type who is a tourist in life taking selfies in all the places I showed up in. I congratulate your intentionality in savory lived experiences. Yes, I felt I had to play with those words. hahaha

    I look forward to hearing from you further.

    • Heather K. Duff on January 1, 2019 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks for your comments, Gregory!
      Stop by the blog here and let me know how your slow-down goes. I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you too!

  2. Tina Radcliffe on January 2, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Can I just say that social media has weighed so heavily on me of late as well? I don’t have an answer going forward for 2019, but I KNOW that something MUST change. I’m writing during the night shift to escape social media and that’s just wrong. For now, that’s my answer…stay tuned. You are appreciated and I am applauding your courage. My one word is…COURAGE. 🙂

    • Heather K. Duff on January 2, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Weighed. Heavily.
      Must. Change.
      Oh, I hear you.
      I took a running leap off a cliff this week…and just hearing you say “courage” is like finding wings. What a great word!
      I’m praying for you. And I’m staying tuned to see where that courage takes you!
      Thank you for enCOURAGING me (and so many others). : )

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