When the boys were younger, they had plastic toy bows and arrows. I remember playing with the boys, and shooting arrows with them.
I draw back the arrow, the bow bends — and I’m worried that I’m going to break the plastic bow if I pull too hard. The string is taut and tense and for a moment before I release the arrow.
I’m living in that moment now, feeling the pulling tension between the bow and string.
We’re on the verge of great action, energy, loosening, flying, soaring, aiming towards a goal. . . Pulling back and taking aim. Drawing firmly, but not too hard with this plastic toy bow. The bow is stressed.
In this analogy, it only seems proper that the young adults are the arrows getting ready to soar.
But where does that leave me? Am I the bow? The string? The archer? I’m not sure.
Things are taut. There is tension. Everyone in our family feels it. We are all living through this time of stretching and expectation.
I want to be in this together. Connected. Not working at odds with one another, but pulling together. Aimed at the same target. On the same team.
We’re working on that.
Being connected, while preparing to release.
What is your word for 2017?
I think it is great to have a theme or organizing principle for different seasons in life. It helps me prioritize my energies and serves as a catalyst for growth.
Yet I admit… I’ve been resistant to choosing a “word of the year” for ages — simply because it’s a popular thing to do. Even when it may be helpful, I bristle at adopting something that might seem trendy. Prideful much?
Over the past few months, however, the same theme keeps coming to the surface. In my journalling, my prayer time, my discussions with my husband. . .
So when I listened to Gretchen Rubin’s What’s Your One Word Theme for the New Year?, the word came to mind again and I really knew I had to dedicate 2017 to this idea.
A whole-orbed connectedness.
Connected to God.
Connected to myself, body and soul.
Connected to my husband.
Connected to my teens and young adults.
Connected to all my kids.
Connected to my community.
Connected. I feel the Lord has set in front of me the need to really be connected in this season in life — especially connecting to Him and to my teens.
Connected is my theme for 2017.
**I balk at trendy things, but love Gretchen Rubin? Yes, I have my inconsistencies.