I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I have plenty of good intentions but lack follow through. Instead, last year I chose a word. 2014’s word was Rebuild, which certainly describes the journey I took.
2014 was difficult for me, yet it was also good.
I started out the year spiraling back into depression, found myself in therapy over the summer, learned great lessons that I put into practice throughout the fall and winter, and ended December with the loss of my grandfather-in-law.
It seems as though almost every aspect of my life was torn down and rebuilt in some way. One of the best lessons I learned through the rebuilding process is that cracks and flaws are okay. They don’t have to be hidden. It is our imperfections that makes us relatable, that draw others to us, and humanize us.
What word would build on 2014 and describe 2015?
As I’ve pondered what I hope to see in 2015, I came across several graphics that really resonated with me.
“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something has suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” (source)
I love how this artwork illustrates that cracks and brokenness make the piece of pottery more beautiful than it would have been had it never been broken.
Here are the graphics that most influenced my 2015 word choice.
My word and purpose for this year is Shine. I will openly share my struggles, my flaws, my brokenness – hoping that you will see through my cracks the beauty and light that come from God.
What is your purpose for this new year?
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