“Her Word For the Year” by the Ranger Dog

Sharon Destin Beach

So I asked GrandMom, what her word for the year was, and she looked at me kind of cockeyed like she does, and said, “One word for the year? You’ve got to be kidding!”

I looked at her intelligently, and calmly, like I do, and said, “No ma’am, I’m not kidding at all. What is your word for the year?  Mine is ‘energy.’ What is yours?”

“My word for the year?” She looked at me accusingly, like she does, and says, “You obviously haven’t read my blog, ‘A to Z New Year’s Goals.’ If you had you would know my words for the year. They are:  Ask, believe, create, delight, exercise, finish, go, Hawaii, inspire, Jesus, keep, laughter, meet, name, organize, prosper, question, relax, send, trust, understand, visit, win, examine, yield, and zip it! She ended her list by waving both arms in a flourish while grinning victoriously.

I tilted my head and calmly, yet firmly pointed out that she had named 26 words (“zip it” is actually a phrase of two words). This list was clearly not a “word for the year” and I suggested she pick one. She walked away.

Ranger1An hour later she came back and said to me, “I can’t do it! I love all of these words, and I want them all. You’ll have to pick one for me, and it has to be something that will be a big umbrella word for all of these words so that while I’m thinking about my one word, all of these words will also become a part of my life this year. I will absolutely be transformed into an asking, believing, creative, delighting, exercising, finishing, going, Hawaii, inspired, Jesus, keeping, laughing, meeting,naming organizing, prospering, questioning, relaxing, sending, trusting, understanding, visiting winning, examining yielding kind of person who knows how to zip it when she should!” She took a deep breath and sat down with her chin resting on her hands looking into my big brown eyes while I thought about what she was asking.

I paced around the room for awhile, suddenly stopped in my tracks and barked emphatically, “Transformation!” I exclaimed. “That is your word for the year and here is a verse about that, ‘Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.’ When you think about all of these words and let the Lord show you how to make them a part of your life every day, you will be transformed. Your mind will be renewed. You will prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of the Lord. This is you. You can do it!”

She smiled down at me, petted me on the head, scratched me behind the ears, (I love that!) and said, “I believe you have something there, Ranger. Good dog!”

She’s always so encouraging like that. I smiled, though she could hardly tell it, and went to find a bone or a ball. It’s good to have a word for the year. I’ve got one, GrandMom’s got one, so what about you. Put your “word for the year” in the comment section. It’s pretty cool to find out that humans and animals think alike sometimes, after all.

Here’s help for you:  My One Wordone word for the year


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