Persevere Is Too Passive: Choosing My Word for 2017

For the past two years, I’ve picked a word to be my theme for the year. In 2015, it was peace, and I began going to church and meditating. In 2016, it was change, and, man, did my life change.

For 2017, I want a word that describes my plans to make a successful life that still allows me to take care of my health.

A word I’ve encountered a lot lately is persevere.

Definition of persevere
intransitive verb
: to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement
– Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Perseverance is an important word in the Christian faith. Those who persevere are blessed (James 1:12) and will gain character and hope (Romans 5:3-5).  Not only will those who persevere reap blessings (Galatians 6:9), they will reign in Heaven with God (2 Timothy 2:12).

I know the importance of persevering through the tough times. I would not be who I am without enduring pain and trials. I like the person I am now, and I’ve learned many lessons along the way to becoming her.

But I don’t want to simply persist. Despite my limitations, I want to create a life/work environment where I can continue to grow and succeed. I don’t want to stop at good enough.

So, my word for 2017? Thrive.

Definition of thrive
intransitive verb
1: to grow vigorously : flourish
2: to gain in wealth or possessions : prosper
3: to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances
– Merriam-Webster Dictionary

I want to flourish. I want to prosper. I want to progress and realize my goals despite my struggles with Crohn’s disease.

2017, here I come!

What’s your word for the year?


Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease over 20 years ago, Kerry has been through all the ups and downs of chronic illness. She lives in the South with her awesome hubby and her escape-artist puppy. She adores the Avett Brothers, coloring, and cooking competition shows. Currently, her favorite word is sanguine.

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Learning to find peace in the midst of chronic illness after 20+ years with Crohn's disease. Always on the hunt for more spoons.

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