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Persevere Is Too Passive: Choosing My Word for 2017

Persevere Is Too Passive: Choosing My Word for 2017

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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?

There are only two ways to live your life. One is a though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. - Albert Einstein


Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1992, I managed to power through until I left the 8 to 5 working world in 2016. Now I am a freelance web developer (, working from home. When I'm not blogging or creating websites, I am spending time with my husband and super-adorable dog. If there is an Avett Brothers concert within 100 miles of home, you'll probably find me there. My favorite word is sanguine.


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  1. Valerie

    20 January 2017 at 4:17 PM

    I love your word for 2017! I hope your new year is wonderful. Thank you for visiting my blog and the lovely comment.

  2. asouthernceliac

    25 January 2017 at 12:08 PM

    I like your reasoning! I chose persevere this year, but I think thrive is great too!

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