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Thursday, February 22, 2007


S t r e t c h

My word of the year that I picked for myself is Stretch.

The reason I picked this word for the year is because I feel like there are some things in my life that come really easy to me. I tend to take advantage of these things and settle with them instead of using them as a head start and really push myself and run with them.
For example there have been many times I have spoken at church or given a lesson where I don't spend much time preparing or may even just stand up with little or no outline. In the end I do just fine, but always feel like if I would have taken those gifts and prepared or really "stretched" myself I would feel better and learned more.
I never stretch out before or after going to the gym. I can barely even touch my toes. I want to stretch myself physically this year just as well as mentally
I have Fibromyalgia and always feel like my body is in one big knot anyway and I know stretching would probably help it feel a lot better. I can't stand getting massages but always dream of getting on some stretching board and having 4 people pull me every-which-way.
So, this year I hope to take the talents I have been given and stretch them out a little more and see what they can do.

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Thanks Michelle for encouraging us all to do this!

11 comments:

Kristy said...

To someone who already does so much to share her talents, I can't wait to see where "stretching" takes you! Great word choice!

Kari said...

What a great "theme"/goal!!
Love it!!

And I had no idea you have fibromyalgia! My MIL has this and it can be quite debilitating!

Laurie said...

Very interesting word. I like this idea too. My word is proving to be very helpful in refocusing me on where I need to be. This is not the first year I have done this. When I have done it previously I have been very successful. There is something to having a focus on building a core strength or area that can benefit all the other areas of your life.

Mandy said...

I think this is a great word! I love how you described your intentions with it. I am still trying to discover my word. I know it will just come to me.

Jill said...

I didn't even see this post, I'm sad that it's hidden under the orange post (you've been doing tons of catching up eh?).

This is a great word for the year and can apply to lots of areas of life. Good luck and happy stretching!

Jenny Dahl said...

I love your word choice for this year. Now you just need a "Gumby" to look at as a reminder. I was always impressed by how far he could stretch and bend. Great word-here's to stretching more than you already do.

Barb said...

I'll bet spiritual stretch marks are beautiful. I'm truly inspired by your word - you took the time for some inner silence.

Crystalyn said...

this is a great word kristi. i have been so inspired by everyone's words. they all make me think of doing more and being better. stretch is a wonderful one. and it will be really something to see where this takes you as i feel it would be a stretch for me to do half of what you do! ( :

Kelly said...

This is really a wonderful word! It is so easy to stay where we are comfortable, but it's so worth it to stretch a bit. Your new ward experience fits into this so well, too! I'm glad you shared your word!

michelle said...

What a great word! I love it. I don't stretch myself enough, either, physically, mentally or spiritually. I can't wait to see where you'll go if you stretch yourself a little further!

Tasha said...

I love your 2007 word! I often feel inflexible (I can't touch my toes either) literally and figuratively. I never take the time to stretch before or after work outs, so much the hurry to get to the "stuff".

Best of luck to you!