Never one to make New Year’s resolutions I was delighted when in January 2011, I stumbled upon OneWord365. No paragraphs, no sentences, just ONE word. One word for the year. And the search began. What would MY word be?
A bit cliche for 2011, but after much, and I do mean much soul searching, I picked JOY, or perhaps Joy picked me. By the end of Dec 2012 – yes, that’s two years later, I was still not at peace with joy. But it was time to move on.
January 2013: Enough became my one word. I was committed to embracing the power of me plus I’m pretty sure I had been reading a lot of Brene Brown, so the word was likely a toss up between vulnerable and enough. Keeping with my pattern, it took two years for Enough to plant its roots in my heart.
January 2015 – I know, eh – where does the time go? After much reflection, pondering, introspection, and waiting, I have a word…drum roll, please…
This time with a bit more conviction…ACCEPTANCE!
I’m not sure what acceptance will end up looking like. I know it isn’t about:
- giving up
So for today, January 2, 2015, Acceptance has come in a whisper. It will be with me for the year (possibly two).
What Acceptance has spoken thus far:
- ceasing to strive
- being still
- embracing the here and now
2014 was a year of unrest. It felt like I was constantly looking for more. It’s been a challenge, but bit-by-bit I am learning anew to embrace exactly where I am. Detaching from the longtime misunderstanding of acceptance as a weakness will be my challenge. With a work-life that is fast paced, solution-focused, desperate for change, crying for improvement, I wonder about acceptance; accepting our students, our staff, our community. Not looking for where they could be, but embracing where they are, now. It’s time to do the same for me. It’s time to make acceptance personal.
Accepting that where I am is where I need to be. Accepting that I am enough. Accepting that joy and sorrow can be ever-so wondrously connected.
Will you join me in the OneWord journey? You can find your tribe at OneWord365 or put your word in the comment section below.
Acceptance…you’ve come in with a whisper. May I listen well.