Word of the year redux

I’ve been trying out “Acceptance” as my Word of the Year (click the link to check out my previous post), and … well … it just doesn’t have enough oomph.  Darn.

I’m not saying that accepting whatever happens, accepting others, and accepting myself for better or for worse aren’t concepts that I want to practice—what I’m saying is that the word “Acceptance” doesn’t instantly remind me that I have the power to release future fears in whatever size and shape they come in.

I’m surprised that “Courage” is resonating. It wakes me up and says “be strong”—that I can handle whatever comes; that I don’t need to spend time figuring out alternatives just in case; that I could possibly even appreciate perceived difficulties; that it’s okay to challenge my ownership of ideas, feelings, and … <drum roll> … stuff.

So I’ll be trying out “Courage” to see how that goes …

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3 thoughts on “Word of the year redux

  1. The woman in my meditation group who introduced me to Word of the Year told me that she had the same dilemma last year. She chose a word that obviously didn’t fit where she was or what she needed. Her words of experience: Sometimes it just takes time to grow into your chosen word … or move on to another.

  2. Courage is an important word, for it implies that one is trying to push out of social norms — those restricting social patterns that we fall into, sometimes at the behest of commercial efforts (aka, marketing) to get us to purchase products that we really don’t need. Similarly, there is often a “traditional wisdom” or “social consensus” regarding certain political ideas such as “monopolies are bad” (an agreed upon idea that emerged in the Robber Baron era that is sadly now out of fashion) or “Government is wasteful” (a Reagan-era truism that is still eroding our sense of the common good).
    There’s a TERRIFIC example of courage in Sunday’s Mercury News editorial, calling for an end to the death penalty in California:
    http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_17424838?source=email
    The point made is that keeping people on Death Row for years and going through all the necessary appeals is costing us hundreds of millions each year — much more than it would cost simply to keep these 750+ people in prison without possibility of parole. It takes real COURAGE to say this — and I think we need to send this word to Jerry Brown as the Mercury News (and the state’s Legislative Analyst) suggest.
    Thanks, Gloria, for sharing your “word” — and for BEING an example of Courage! — Debbie Mytels

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