One Word.

What a year for a new year, right?

So much happened in 2010, that it really seems unreal to look back on.
I had the opportunity to spend a weekend working side by side with one of my favorite authors.
I had an incredible two-month romance that ended in a flurry of self realizations.
I had the difficult honor of speaking at my grandmother’s funeral.
I climbed a mountain.  Almost.

So, what is to come of 2011?  What are my resolutions?

I don’t have any.

I’ve decided that this year, I’m joining the OneWord2011 community.
No resolution.
No promises.
Just ONE word to define my year.

I spend so much of my time as a perimeter player, watching others go and do.
Not taking the risks I should to have a grander life.
Always looking for what is safe and convenient.

Oddly enough, those things aren’t why I chose my word.

A lady I serve with at church gave me a 2011 Daily Bread Dayplanner.
With daily scripture readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, and the Psalms.
My word comes from that.

In Genesis 5, while Moses writes the lineage of Adam, he marks their lives by following an interesting formula.

When [insert name] had lived [number] he fathered [insert name].

To anyone who knows me, it is no secret what I want.
I want to find a godly woman, get married, settle down, start a family.
No secrets there.

And there is nothing wrong with that, except for my viewpoint of it.
That, to me, is the end-all, be-all of life.
But it isn’t.

There is life to be lived in the here and now.
Right now.

That is my word: Live.

I want to be able to enjoy life in 2011.
If I meet her in the midst of some great adventure, so be it.
If I don’t, I want to be able to be okay with that.

I just want to live with a purpose.
I just want to live without fear.

Peace and Live.

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4 thoughts on “One Word.

  1. Kyle this is what I love about you. You want to LIVE life. The crazy thing is to me is that you already are living it. You may not have seen it, but you live like none other I know. You wear your heart on your sleeve. You love well. You encourage like none other. You are a friend that is loyal and will traverse miles to make sure your everyone you love knows it…which I love by the way. You do take risks and long for adventure. Dude…it is an honor to do life with you and call you friend. I love that you are a part of my life and cannot wait to share more adventures with you man.

  2. Now that you’ve blogged it, don’t be surprised when the ones who care about you remind you of it. You’ve always been happy to be my kick in the head, and when you’re clearly sitting on your rear about something, I’m happy to do the same. It’s one of the many things I love about our friendship. If that changes, I will literally hurt you. Love you Ted and thanks for the last 6.5 years of kicks in the head.

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