one little word…ish

let’s go back a couple of weeks.  I read a lot of blogs, mostly food and various others as a means of relaxation, education and inspiration.  Several blogs I follow have championed the idea of ‘one little word’ being a word to insert into your year for whatever track someone would want to go down, words like peace, joy, drama – well, maybe not drama.  I don’t go in much for resolving and was fairly interested to consider our year in review to see where we’ve been looking through old posts and photos.  Last year ended with something of a whimper.  Haven’t been so cheered by the thought of a turned calendar page in many years.  But where am I going?  I’m not always sure and often find myself blown along by the next adventure.  I tried to think of a word and was buffeted by the ideas more than words.  There are so many things I want to do, see, be.  So, there is it.  Refine.  We can be refined and purified and changed.   I can refine my habits, my surroundings, myself.  I can consider.  I don’t need to bust out an answer just because one is asked for.  I can refine relationships, my overflowing inbox and my eating habits.  I can be refined in how I act, think and pray.  So, in this year, I was to practice discardia and knock off a few of those rough edges and be purified in the process.

Wikipedia says refining (also called affining) is the process of purification of a (1) substance or a (2) form. The term is usually used of a natural resource that is almost in a usable form, but which is more useful in its pure form.

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