In a Word…Acceptance

This summer, I came across an idea that has apparently been around for a while and I just hadn’t been aware of it. Instead of starting your new year with a resolution, you choose a single word. Over the year, you meditate on that single word, examine it, explore it, make it yours and let it change you for the better.

What’s the upside to choosing a single word? It isn’t as likely to end up a disappointing failure like resolutions tend to. After all, keeping a resolution require a certain”resolve”, doesn’t it? Resolve is defined as a firm determination to do something. I obviously don’t have much resolve. If I did, I would already be watching what I eat and how much I spend. I’d already be organized and exercising. My house would already be clean on a daily basis, and I would know where all my important documents were. But I don’t have much resolve.

I do, however, love words!

Earlier this year, I’d considered the word “resilience”. I could certainly stand to be more resilient. But recently, I think I’m going to go with ACCEPTANCE. And the first thing I’ve chosen to accept is the fact that just because I chose this word doesn’t mean that I can’t change it if I want to. Because I might. Maybe. We’ll see.

As I was looking into this new way to start 2018, I checked out a couple of websites and blogs. After realizing that I had the general idea,  I stopped looking. But not before I spotted a single sentence: You are here.

ff9c15c8ddc9ab400bc01e31ede0249fWhat a great place to start the new year!

I have a hard time just “rolling with” something. Years of caution and anxiety have made me overly cautious, afraid of looking “less than”, of being embarrassed. It can be pretty stressful to always feel like what you put out there has to be perfectly punctuated and polished.

So this may be my first step toward “acceptance” – accepting that this is an experiment of sorts, accepting that this blog might not be more than a journal of my own, accepting that this might become uncomfortably transparent.

Another advantage to this approach is that it focuses on something positive as opposed to focusing on something that you’re not doing successfully now