And here we are welcoming yet another year again. A fresh new page of the year is at our fingertips to make it all ours. I truly wish that we would be able to fill the pages of 2023 with our choicest blessings.
Every year since 2015 I have been choosing a word of the year without fail. A word of the year helps as a NorthStar guide to navigate through the year. When I started to think about my word for 2023 there were a lot of options staring at me. And honestly all of them sounded fitting to my thoughts.
But one of those words, the first one of those words, kept coming back to me. It appeared in different conversations I had, random sentences and words I heard, TV shows I saw, books I read. It became impossible to ignore this word even though I was moving toward a couple of different words to choose as my word of 2023.
I realize that this year I am supposed to make more connections through my words and actions. These past few years I sorely missed connecting with others. As everyone else, I would blame covid and its impact, but I know there were many instances I stopped myself from connecting thinking that’s what was expected of me.
I had been doing a lot of things, sometimes not doing many things, thinking this is what is expected of me. And this action had led me to dislike myself the most. Trust me, I didn’t set out to do so. I didn’t even know this had been happening. But years later when I compare my latest version with the oldest one the discrepancy is striking.
Well, life sometimes changes us. But if we realize that we don’t like the parts of us that are changing, I would like to believe that we can try to get back to who we were once. Maybe not completely, but a version that is close to our liking. At least the reminder is timely.
Over the years I have been working on myself. It is important to me that I am myself, at least for the most part.
The word connection will anchor me this year. I am not going to burden this word by attaching every bit of my aspiration to it. Often all we need is one thing to go in the right direction to get the other pieces to fall in its place. I am hoping this is that one thing for me. And if it’s true I will find the connection in different areas of my life and make it work as it should.
I am hopeful.
Here’s to a spectacular 2023!