Finding Your Theme

Focus - my theme for the New Year“What is your theme for the New Year?” My friend made the post on her Facebook page (and then followed up with a blog post about the theme answers she received). She had the idea of encouraging people to start the New Year off with a bang. I knew it was the purpose for her words, but all they did for me was cause immediate distress and discomfort.

Theme? We don’t need no stinkin’ theme. After all, I got through the last year just fine with no theme – and for that matter, very little direction, focus or consistency. It may have been survival on a wing and a prayer, but it was survival none the less.

I read her post again and responded that her words had me thinking and I would pray on them for a while. I meant I was going to invest some time praying over her words and meditate on theme. I was not offering her the traditional Southern idea of “pray about it” which translates into the idea that I will walk away and hope we both forget about it – which goes along with the Southern idea of “drop by and see us sometime” which translates into the idea that you should never just drop by . . . but I digress.

I did pray. I prayed about her words. I looked over my own journals and read my words. I reviewed my life and my walk from the previous several years. What I saw was not pretty. I had to wonder how I had made it through at all. I had plates spinning everything. I had ideas sprouting out of ideas. I had projects started, starting and continuing in all directions. It was a mess.

“Too much of anything is a bad thing.” I know this. I have talked about this. I have lived this in my home. We have thinned out the stuff from our house – partly because of the tornado but mostly because we want to make room for what is to come. We have thinned out the activities and events on our schedule. But I have managed to continue to pile up ideas like they might become extinct in the near future.

“No wonder I’m struggling. I’m all over the place – with my family, with my writing, with my life.” I wrote the words in my journal while I was pondering Dana’s challenge. Suddenly, it was all crystal clear. My theme is focus.

With focus comes direction. With focus comes consistency. With focus comes success.

Do you have a theme word for your New Year?

Kathryn Lang

#Hope builder. #Dream inspirer. Master of “it’s all about #relationships.” Aficionado of inappropriate laughter, Kathryn Lang believe we can all fly and works to help others find the time to make their dreams come true. She shares with people that are trying to walk the tightrope of family, work, and faith – and keep them all in the right balance. Contact Kathryn today to speak or teach at your next event.

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