Patience for 2017

My One Word for 2017

Each year, I choose one word that I focus on for the whole year. In 2013, it was faith. In 2014, it was hope. In 2015, it was gratitude. Inย 2016, it was enough. And, my one word for 2017 is patience.

Patience for 2017

If there is anything I need a lot of now, it is patience–patience for little things, such as answering my kids’ growing list of why’s, how’s, and what’s or putting an end to their constant brother-sister bickering. Patience for bigger things, such as finally having our house built so we can have our condo rented or my husband’s long overdue promotion to Senior Inspector.

As I look back to the year that was, I saw that I have thrown such childish tantrums over things that I should just allow to unfold at their own time. I guess I felt like we were being left behind despite our constant push to be at the same pacing as others. I only snapped out of my impatience when a friend pointed out that I might be forgetting that they are older than us by years (10 to be exact), and that when they were at my age, they weren’t even starting to think about such big things.

I realized that instead of focusing on my own path, I was looking at others’ paths to gauge how I am doing. But then our paths are unique; so is our timing, our pacing.

While it is totally okay to dream big, I need to learn to be patient withย my hopes and dreams. I need to learn not to beat myself up too much because what matters is that I am working on achieving my dreams for myself and my family. I am moving–with tiny steps, but steps nevertheless.

But, most importantly, I need to learn that there is a right time for everything; and that God will make it happen when it is bound to happen.

My One Word for 2017

Hence, this year, my focus word is PATIENCE. A simple word, but a challenging one for someone like me who tends to move too quickly.

What is your one word for 2017?

33 thoughts on “My One Word for 2017”

  1. My one word for this year is FOCUS. Patience is a big word, hahaha! Having two kids around na super kukulit? But I am praying that God will give me enough patience for them. For this year, I want to focus more on making our lives better. I am planning to stay at home and be more hands on to the kids ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Patience – is something I need to learn, too. Lalo pa ngayon na magiging dalawa na ang bagets ko. I sometimes find myself shouting and sobrang gigil inside which is not a good thing. Minsan hindi maiwasan mag-snap kapag stressed sa house chores and work. Pero sabi nga nila, patience is a virtue. And good thing for you na ito ang napili mong one word to live by this 2017. Good luck and God bless! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I truly believe in this word. Patience is not the same as being stubborn nor its some kind of laziness to move forward, as some people may misunderstand. It’s being “consistently” hardworking and at the same time, being open for improvement, despite the challenges.

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  4. Nice one. I also have this thing every year. Haha Last year, I chose Deeper. This year is Real. 2017:God is Real. I’ve experienced how real God us and this year, I want others to experience how real God is or can be in their lives.:)

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  5. I need a truckload of this, especially with my kids! yes, I love them, but there are times when I feel like snapping :)) As for me, my one word is push ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I love your one word for 2017. And I know i also need that in my everyday dealing .I tend to.be so rude and.impatient these days. I do not want to blame hormonal imbalance. It must be my character and.I am.not happy with it. Thank you for sharing your one word. It inspires me to really push my goal.of improving my tolerance.level.

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  7. Great idea. I might as well consider doing this. Patience could be the best word for my 2016 when my husband almost died and I had to take care of him for a year even he became too grumpy. LOL. This year, I’ll focus with “SUCCESS” as we venture into the entrepreneurship world.

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  8. Great introspection! I admit I need to work more on my patience, too. I don’t get impatient with other people, but it seems like my patience easily wears thin when it comes to family. By the way, my One Word for 2017 is “push.” Cheers to a good year!

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  9. Best wishes on your One Word. I hope you’ll be able to stay true to it for the rest of the year. Mine is Focus, simply because multitasking ia making me crazy especially now that we have a new baby. I realized I have to let go of the things that matter least.

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  10. My One Word for the year is Authenticity, but when I tried to write about, I realized I have no category for it hahaha!

    Personally, yes, I agree. Most great things take time to come into fruition, and that’s okay. Trust that God is at work and he knows best.

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  11. I don’t have one word for this year.. I guess because I knew I need to improve on different areas. Hahaha. However, I want to focus on setting the right priorities, being more intentional with the kids and to have a gentle and quiet spirit (by God’s grace). I agree with you that having kids means you need a lot of patience. I, too need more of it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ All the best!

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    • I actually have a lot of areas to improve on, but I’m taking all these one step at a time – which is why I’ve chosen one word for each year. I’ve been doing it since 2013. It’s a slow improvement, but improvement still! Try it!

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  12. As I’ve always told my friends before, patience is a virtue which I do not have. LOL! I’ve been thinking of my one word as well for this year. It will be my first time to do it and I still have to decide which word it would be. Maybe I should add patience in my list of choices. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Lately I’ve been too stressed with all the household chores, finding an online job, and reviewing for my coming IELTS. Blame it to the hormones, I guess! (haha, lage na lang hormones). But seriously, I should also work on my patience. I’m still trying to figure out what’s my word of the year though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Same here! I need to practice PATIENCE, not only with my kids but with the people around me, too.
    I realized, lagi akong beast-mode and it’s not making me any healthier. I’m only in my mid-30s but look at me. Para akong oldies, pasan ang mundo.
    2017 will be a better year for us all. Thanks for this, sis! God bless:)

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  15. Last week, I thought of posting a blog about patience ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s one of the changes I want to happen this year- me becoming more patient with the people around me especially with my husband and kids. We can do it, Kim ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. I don’t really have a word… yet. I haven’t thought about it. I’m not sure it works for me. I just want to continue with what works and be positive towards myself and my children.

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