A NEW YEAR AND A NEW WORDLast year I chose "Embrace" as my word to describe 2016. After releasing my grip on a lot of things in 2015 I was open to new ideas and new experiences, and ready to embrace change and being a little bit more adventurous in my choices.
Now that 2017 has rolled around, I'm ready to take a step back and say "ENOUGH" - I am enough, I have enough. I don't need to strive, or prove myself, or compete. It is sufficient in itself to just "be".
I think this comes from finally accepting that life is unpredictable. I can't control it and I don't even have the desire to anymore. I don't need to worry so much about what has happened or what is going to happen. It is enough to live in the present and to enjoy what unfolds. Holding on with a tight fist hurts me, trying to be all things to all people diminishes me, envying others eats away at me.
So instead, I'm going to focus on appreciating all that I have. Not aspiring to more because I already have more than I need - more than enough. I have a great husband, wonderful children, a beautiful grandbaby, a fabulous group of friends, a satisfying job, a lovely home, and much, much more. This is enough for me.
CONTENTMENTLast year was all about looking for opportunities and not wanting to miss out on anything new coming my way. I feel like I ticked a few things off my bucket list and now I'm ready to settle back a little and enjoy these peaceful moments. You never know what life is going to bring your way, so appreciating what I have now is really important to me. I'll face whatever is coming, but with quiet optimism rather than panicked grasping.
Do you have a word for 2017? If you had a word for 2016, how did it go?