It's been a fantastic year. I've learned a lot about reveling - from Candace, Karen, Jennifer, and Mystie who wrote fantastic guest posts on the topic. I learned a lot about *revel* as I considered my life and the events that were happening in it.
I enjoyed the exercise very much. I think my favorite post was Revel in Jesus where I defined it as "Rejoic[ing] with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory."
I'll probably still have one more *revel* post for 2015, what with there being 2 more weeks (!?!) in December and holidays to come.
Throughout the year I thought of several words that I might choose for 2016. At one point, I thought about not choosing a word but working different ideas through the Four Ws. I might still do some of that.
In October and November, as I was considering the Four Ws, I was thinking about how we have to notice things to Wonder, Work, gain Wisdom, or Worship about them.
I don't know about you, I struggle with the noticing. Probably because I'm in my head; reading a book; or, let's face it, on some sort of internet device. Or all of those things at once.
I don't pay attention.
That's stuck with me.
Our society multitasks. Homeschool moms, in my experience, are doing lots of things at once - reading, teaching, parenting, cooking, all while swapping a load of laundry. Then add blogging, instagram, twitter, facebook, periscope .... you have a recipe for inattention to what really matters.
How can I *revel* in the everyday if I'm not really seeing the individual moments of the every day.
How can I Wonder let alone work, gain wisdom, or worship if I haven't seen or heard?
For my 2016 Word of the Year, I'm going to choose Attend!
I like verbs, what can I say?
There are so many meanings to Attend! That are wonderful for an exercise like this. Here are Webster's 1828's definitions. I think considering the ideas of being present, waiting upon, being with, regarding, listening, and fixing the attention upon will be a valuable exercise for 2016.
I hope you'll join me!
Photo Credit: My very talented, wonderfully artistic friend Angi DeLong took the amazing macro shots of the purple flower I used in this year's graphic. I wanted macro pictures as they focus so carefully on the details of their object, they force your attention. She had the perfect images for me!