My word for 2013 is (drumroll please) …. Resilience.
If I right click for synonyms of Resilience, I’m given a fabulous list:
The antonym listed is Rigidity. (What an awful word!)
I like to think of myself as being a very flexible person, able to adapt to new environments, new jobs, and new conditions. After all, I relocated thirteen times in my first ten years of marriage, leapt headfirst into a writing career without a clue what I was doing, and never let the fear of failure hinder me from launching into a new adventure. I always met life head on, nearly daring it to give me something I couldn’t handle.
This year, it dealt me a doozie. But guess what? I handled it anyway.
Even when it was difficult, I have managed to be pliable, flexible, elastic, and (gotta love this one) supple. I have bounced back and am springing into 2014 with a renewed pep in my step.
When building the list of synonyms for Resilience, the folks who developed Microsoft Word saved the best for last, as if they understood the real essence of the word Resilience…It is Spirit.
They got it right. If we hope to preserve the spirit, to foster the spirit, to nourish the spirit, we must first learn to be Resilient.
What’s your word for 2013? And let’s take it one step further. Goal for 2014 … in a word?