I’ve been thinking about my “Word of the Year” for the past few weeks. I thought I had one chosen then realized I had used that word a few years ago. Not wanting to repeat it, I kept searching. I knew the right word would eventually reveal itself and it did.
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2021 Word of the Year
Sometimes I just immediately know what my word should be but when it doesn’t reveal itself immediately, I like to look at suggestion lists such as this one:
As I scanned various possibilities I jotted down words that appealed to me for one reason or another. I didn’t judge them at first but simply wrote each one down. Here are a few I liked:
I think I could have chosen any of those and found that they added something positive to my life in 2021.
But then I suddenly knew what my word would be:
Even though 2020 has been difficult in a lot of ways, there have certainly been good things for me. I’ve appreciated the quiet downtime. David and I have tackled several home projects. I’ve had lots of extra time with Chris. For the most part I have remained reasonably content.
But what was in short supply? Joy. There were occasional moments of it, of course, but not nearly enough. I want 2021 to be the year that my soul sings with joy on a frequent basis.
How do I make that happen? It starts with a list of things I already know bring me joy:
- fresh flowers
- playing the piano
- puttering about and caring for my home
- connecting with people I care about
I’m going to continue adding to that list, print it out, and keep copies on the bulletin board in my office and in my planner. I will be intentional about making time for these things.
And I’ll let you in on what is sure to be a huge source of joy for me in 2021. David and I have been asked to be honorary grandparents to a baby girl due in May! We couldn’t be more thrilled and since one of my most favorite things in the whole world is rocking a baby, I just know that 2021 is going to have lots of joyful moments for me.
What about you? Do you choose a word of the year? If so, I’d love to hear about yours.
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