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Family Talk: You could choose 'one-anothering' as your theme for 2019

This year, you can choose to help one another. [METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION PHOTO]

This year, you can choose to help one another. [METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION PHOTO]

We're just beginning the 2019 calendar, and I think it's important to know what this year is all about. So, I checked to see what 2019 has been designated “The year of ... " Surprisingly, I found many people have designated 2019 in ways about which I was not consulted. Here is a sampling:

• 2019 is the Chinese New Year of the Brown Earth Pig. Or the Boar. Or just the pig. I've seen it listed several ways. Apparently, you can take your pick of pigs.

• The United Nations has declared 2019 “The International Year of Indigenous Languages,” but it also has designated it as “The International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.” I guess the linguists and the chemists will have to share.

• The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (part of the U.S. Department of Commerce) has named 2019 “The International Year of the Salmon.” I didn't know it, but salmon are at risk, according to NOAA, and the designation is designed to help save them. Hopefully, not when I order salmon for dinner.

What have you designated 2019 to be in your life?

I designated a “theme” for the year and adopted a Bible verse to accompany it. I've designated 2019 “The Year of One-anothering.” It means “looking out for the interests of others.” The Bible verse I've chosen is 1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” Applying that verse this year will be challenging.

You, too, get to choose your theme for 2019. A pig? A salmon? The periodic table? Better yet, how about one-anothering? Think what could happen if many of us designated that as our 2019 theme, starting in our family. It could revolutionize your year!

Jim Priest is CEO of Sunbeam Family Services and can be reached at jpriest@sunbeamfamilyservices.org.

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Jim Priest is the CEO of Sunbeam Family Services, a 108-year-old nonprofit that provides a range of social services to support Oklahoma's most vulnerable people, including early childhood education, counseling, foster care and senior services. Jim... Read more ›

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