Words, they say, are spells. And the word of the year can be an intensely potent spell that you cast not just over a year, but — dare I say it? — over a lifetime. They have an inherent magic and power that can work in ways you may never have imagined, to bring you the exact medicine you need at any point of time.
That medicine can sometimes be bitter, sometimes not. But like any good medicine, a word of the year can change you in bold and beautiful ways. Like Devotion. My word of the year for 2022. It was a bitter pill to swallow, and yet — it swept through my life, leaving me with some important and necessary questions to answer.
Like in years past, I became aware of a new word for 2023 around October. But unlike in years past, I just wasn’t ready to work with that word. Not just yet. Not after the ride that Devotion took me on. I needed something more gentle. Something soothing. It wasn’t until the end of December that I finally found my word.
Soft. That is my word for the year. Evoking as it does images of ease, comfort, and nesting. Just what my tender heart currently requires.
A soft life is gentle and fluid
there’s space to both
grow and challenge yourself
and to rest and nourish your soul.
to pursue a to-do list
and a shenanigans list.
softness is a mindset —
with space for beauty and delight,
slowing down in a culture of hustle,
honoring your human needs and limitations,
being present for what is
instead of constantly trying to fix
what you perceive is broken (but maybe isn’t).
soft is beauty and slowness
imperfection and compassion
ease and nuance
open-hearted and trusting and
savoring what is pleasurable.
Soft is what I am calling in this year.
Before you go, tell me this: do you have a word of the year?
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