Heal In 2023 - Healing - Word of the Year

Healing With Grace

For the last two years, I try to choose a theme for the month, keeping my word of the year in mind. In May, I did consider a theme, but life took over and before I knew it, May had passed. But looking back on the month, it’s easy to realise that I spent it healing with grace.

I can see growth when I reflect on this time last year and compare it to today.

  • I’m not afraid to handle difficult topics and tasks anymore; I’ve become more responsible.
  • Releasing guilt and accepting imperfection have been crucial aspects of my healing journey this year.
  • May gave me the opportunity to reflect on my growth in relinquishing control and accepting change.
  • It also revealed how defining my life principles has enabled me to make clearer decisions.

All of these signs tell me that I’m healing and moving more towards the person I am meant to be.

It is Grace that has led me and in May, I’ve become more conscious of this.

This beautiful poem captures where I am today.

The Most Important Thing

I am making a home inside myself. A shelter
of kindness where everything
is forgiven, everything allowed—a quiet patch
of sunlight to stretch out without hurry,
where all that has been banished
and buried is welcomed, spoken, listened to—released.

A fiercely friendly place I can claim as my very own.

I am throwing arms open
to the whole of myself—especially the fearful,
fault-finding, falling apart, unfinished parts, knowing
every seed and weed, every drop
of rain, has made the soil richer.

I will light a candle, pour a hot cup of tea, gather
around the warmth of my own blazing fire. I will howl
if I want to, knowing this flame can burn through
any perceived problem, any prescribed perfectionism,
any lying limitation, every heavy thing.

I am making a home inside myself
where grace blooms in grand and glorious
abundance, a shelter of kindness that grows
all the truest things.

I whisper hallelujah to the friendly
sky. Watch now as I burst into blossom.

Julia Fehrenbacher


As we head to the half year mark of 2023, I’m allowing Grace to take me further along my growth journey and I pray the same for you.


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An inspirational writer, a creativity and writing trainer/coach, I write about life, gratitude, healing, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. I offer training/coaching to anyone looking to explore their creativity and heal through writing via The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter, Bytes of Gyaan, on Substack.

13 Comments on “Healing With Grace

  1. I tried to comment earlier. Sadly, the mobile interface on Android doesn’t allow cookies to be enabled . Technology ugh!

    So, I’m back via laptop.

    Amid life’s craziness, God has a way of showing up & teaching us via our WOTY even if we are not consciously aware of it. I love that you were able to look back and see God at work.

    Blessings to you in June and beyond.

    1. I’m sorry about the commenting issues, Barb. You’re the second person who has mentioned this. I will have to relook at my commenting system.

      Thanks for taking the trouble to comment.
      And may you have a blessed June too.

  2. Hi Corinne – I love the words grace and gracious – they sum up everything that we should be seeking as we grow in wisdom and experience. They’re the opposite to entitlement (something that’s so prevelant in our world today). The poem was lovely – very moving and I can see why it would have resonated with you.

  3. Your post is exactly what I needed to hear,, Cory; even though it’s for my journey of Kindness.

    Thank you for sharing these nuggets of wisdom time and again and giving us hope in this fractured world.

    Big love and hugs

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