Continuing my practice of choosing a word for the year, I chose ‘Yes’ in 2021. As the year draws to a close and it’s almost time to choose a word for 2022 (!), I’m looking back on what I learnt from saying ‘yes’. The most important learning for me is to say a wholehearted yes to life!
Yes To Life In 2021
Life comes to us in all sorts of guises and it presented itself to me in the form of grief, anger, challenge, reflection, guilt, fear, joy and the normal, routine, sometime mundane tasks of life. I invested time and money in learning this year. And though many of my plans didn’t take off – courses and a regular podcast, for example, I’ve been fairly consistent about my writing.
At every turn, I had to choose how to respond. Sometimes my saying ‘yes’ to something meant my saying ‘no’ to something else.
When I invested in joining a writing community, I didn’t bargain for it turning out to a place that challenged me to rethink why I write. It helped me reaffirm some beliefs and caused me to give up some aspects of my blogging that didn’t seem to be soul-led.
I began to reflect a lot more and restarted a practice of scripture reading that I gave up long ago. Also this year, I was most consistent with my Morning Pages.
While I’ve shared my journey with my WOTY by writing posts almost every month (thanks largely to the lovely monthly One Word Linkup created by Lisa Burgess), I just wanted to summarise this year by saying that my ‘yes to life’ has brought back parts of myself I had forgotten. It has certainly infused a lot more joy and gratitude into my life.
I remember reading a lovely passage from Gabrielle Roth that went like this:
“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: “When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?”
My yes to life has helped me move from being disheartened into being more alive to the leading of God within me calling me to be myself.
What was your word for 2021 and how did it translate into your life?
Here are the posts I wrote as I journeyed through my word of the year :
- January: Word of the Year: 2021 A Year of Yes
- February : Every Yes Changes Something In Me
- March : Listen To Your Life
- April : An Untold Story
- May : Intentional Focus
- June : Commitment In June
- July: Persistence In Practice
- August: Say Yes and Finish
- September : Doing The Next Right Thing
- October: Saying Yes To Gratitude
- November : What Are You Making Time For?