Since the beginning of 2021, I’ve been hearing a lot about having a “Word of the Year.” People have been choosing a “Word of the Year” prior to now, but I wonder if I’m seeing it more this year because people are afraid to have goals and dreams in 2021 after the letdown of 2020.
It’s crazy to think that there is one word in all of language that will envelope my hopes for 2021 (check out this funny video from The Holderness Family: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNZeZK7-4uU), but I think I came up with one. I still created my list of dreams for 2021, but tried to funnel it all into one word.
My word of the year is CARE.
I picked this word because of the different ways it can be used.
“Handle with care…”
“I care about you…”
I want to be more empathetic and show people that I care about their hurts/struggles.
I want to make sure those closest to me know that I love them and make it a priority to tell them every single day that I care about them and that they matter.
I want to grow how I take care of my aging parents and my family. I want to heal relationships by caring enough to listen and learn.
At my job, I want my students to always know that they are valued and loved.
In my business, I want my clients to know that I genuinely want to see them grow and succeed — that I care about their health and success.
When the world gets crazy and out of control, I want to care about it more and not just compartmentalize.
I want to care enough to be honest with people when I’ve been hurt instead of walking away.
As with any goals and dreams, I’m not going to beat myself up when I fail. My hope is that this word will resonate through my mind as I look at my daily to-do list, waver on returning a text, or find myself holding onto my hurt and anger…and that I will make a decision to show that I care.
How about you? Do you have a word that resonates with you and your dreams?