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My Word for the New Year: Refocus

By Jenny Carlisle — January 06, 2017

As many writers do, I enjoy contemplating a single word as the year on the calendar changes. This year, my mantra has been obvious since our fall writing retreat. Refocus.

I have been writing stories since I could hold a pencil, and as you can tell from my bio pictures, that is now a very long time. I am known for being able to phrase things well in business letters at work. When it comes time to explain a difficult topic in laymen’s terms, I’m your girl. Of course, with the ability to write comes the desire for others to appreciate that work. So, I have been seeking publication, which has resulted in writing monthly columns in a local general interest magazine. With the advent of social media, I have actually developed a following of sorts, with folks looking forward to my comments, and participating when a song breaks out that they know well enough to sing along. But, have I strayed from that path of storytelling? Refocus.

At this stage in my life, my health can easily get out of control. There is a fine balance of the type and amount of food I eat, the time spent exercising, and the amount of water I drink. When I let any of these components go un-noticed, extra pounds pile on. With more weight, it becomes harder to move, harder to exercise. With no reduction in food, or increase in water, more pounds. The pattern is obvious. Refocus.

Every winter, when plunging temperatures cause our joints to ache, my husband and I talk of moving further south. Since our middle son moved to Florida, got married and brought us our fifth grand-child, the discussions have gotten more serious. Now, grand number six is on the way, and we have learned our way around Central Florida quite well thank you. But, do we really want to move permanently, or just arrange for a vacation home there?  So much to consider. Refocus.

Along with a highlighted word, I like to have a scripture in mind for the new year. This year, I keep hearing Psalm 51 – verses 10-12. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit.” Refocus.

This year, I plan to explore a new path for my fiction writing. I plan to focus on my audience, and then find an agent who shares my vision. Health-wise, I know what to do. It’s just a matter of concentrating on doing what works, and feeling better in the process. Financially, we will dedicate ourselves to paying off as many bills as possible to make the dream of living in a warmer climate a much clearer vision. Renew, Restore, Refocus.

 

 

 

(4) Readers Comments

  1. Kav
    January 6, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Jenny, this is inspiring. Love your word and the way you see how you can apply it throughout the year. Awesomesauce. I've been choosing a word each New Year since I read about it on Seekerville several years ago. I love how much easier it is to develop that one compared to trying to follow through on a myriad of goals. It really works wonders. I'll share my one word next week but I have high hopes for it. Happy New Year!

  2. January 6, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Wonderful wisdom for the new year. It can be so difficult to focus--to keep the main thing the main thing--when so much in life is thrown at you. For me, too often I focus inward when I should be focusing outward and upward, keeping my eyes on Him.

  3. January 6, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    My husband and I are in a time of refocus, as well. Thank you for the reminder, and the verse!

  4. January 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks for your comments, ladies. I like how that Psalm helps me keep my new focus on drawing closer to God.

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