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The Year of Having Faith

My 2016 vision blackboard - "Have Faith" is right at the top!
My 2016 vision blackboard – “Have Faith” is right at the top!

Over the last few years, I have gotten into the habit of setting an intention around the start of each new year.

Last year was: “The Year of Living Intuitively.”

Overall, I feel like I have made good progress in this area over the past 12 months. Today, I listen more to my gut and less to my head – at least most of the time. Happily, I have also discovered this gives me more peace of mind and far fewer headaches.

But when I asked my newfound intuition what this year’s intention would be, its answer surprised me.

“Have faith,” it told me….in no uncertain terms.

“Have faith?” I replied, “Are you SURE?”

It was sure. 

I set the intention on my birthday, December 19th and it has been sure every day since then that “Have Faith” is still the selected intention for 2016.

So here we are.

While I will acknowledge that I: a) meditate nearly daily, b) regularly read spiritual or inspirational texts, and c) continually seek out mentors whose wise and uplifting teachings I then attempt to put apply in my life, under no circumstances would I describe myself as someone who has a lot of faith.

In fact, the “mustard seed-sized” faith Jesus so often referenced during his brief years among us is a pretty accurate description of the amount of faith I would say that I currently possess.

The rest of whatever helps me make decisions falls under the far-less-obscure or glamorous heading of intuition + intellect.

Apparently, this is the year intuition + intellect takes scuba diving lessons and heads down into the depths of faith….or up to the heights, depending on how you typically experience it.  This is the year I (hopefully) find out what the word “faith” really means AND how to apply it.

This is the year “Shannon-of-little-faith” either becomes okay with having little faith or finds out how to get more.

Should be interesting!

Today’s Takeaway: Have you set a resolution or intention for the new year? When you think about yours, how do you feel – Excited? Confident? Overwhelmed? Some of each of these? Why do you think you chose that particularly focus for 2016? Do you have any ideas or plans for how to pursue growth in this area?

The Year of Having Faith

Shannon Cutts

Parrot, tortoise & box turtle mama. Writer. Author. Mentor. Champion of all people (and things) recovered and recovering.

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Cutts, S. (2020). The Year of Having Faith. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 29, 2020, from


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