My word for this year is acceptance.
It starts to look really weird if you write it a lot.
One of my favorite examples of what acceptance can look like came from a book, UnMarketing by Scott Stratten. He says, “Don’t try to win over the haters, you’re not the jackass whisperer.” I’m happy to accept this.
But I didn’t find that by reading Scott’s book, I was reading a better book, Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly. Brene says so many amazingly insightful things that its hard to pick one but currently I’m looking at one of the many notations that I made in her book and it seems to fit well with my word of the year. I accept that “We can’t give people what we don’t have. Who we are matters immeasurably more than what we know or who we want to be.” I sense this will be core to my life particularly as I navigate parenting in the years to come.
Last year my word was vulnerability. This year acceptance. These are hard. Next year I’m hoping for something easy like sarcasm or snarky.