January 2019: Choose a Word To Spark Possibility

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small people who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.

(Muhammad Ali)

Our worship theme for January is Possibility. What a great choice with which to begin the new year!

In these cold winter months, now that the holidays are over, it’s a fine time to ponder the coming year: Is there a new purpose unfolding in your life? What is your heart calling you to do this year?

Listen for new consciousness bubbling up from within. Is there a word that keeps echoing through your life? Is there a theme you want to explore further?

This month, Soul Matters suggests that you choose a word to focus on this year, one that will help you discover and welcome your new purpose. I feel the word “presence” calling to me, so I’m going with that.

How about you? Let me know how it goes!

Yours in faith, Rev. Susanne

Your Soul Matters Spiritual Exercise for January – The Possibilities in a Word: An Alternative New Year’s Practice

This New Year’s, forget about making a list of resolutions to improve yourself. Instead try out this ancient practice: pick a single word to focus on, one that will help keep you open to new possibilities throughout the year.

There are tons of words to choose from: embrace, listen, home, wholeheartedness, patience, presence, blossom, soar, overcome, treasure, nourish, expect, release, finish, delight, follow, lead. It often helps to ask yourself questions like: What do I need? What do I want? What do I need to focus on? What is in the way?

You will also want to find a way to hold on to your word. Some people put their word on their computer’s screen saver or cellphone’s home screen. Others have drawn their word on rock or made/bought jewelry with the word on it. Creative folks and families have done vision boards or paintings that hung on a wall in their house all year. Whatever your method of choice, this holding on part is key to making the exercise work.