|"Russian Nested Dolls" |
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I stopped making New Year's resolutions a long time ago. More recently, I have been selecting a Word of the Year (WODY) instead.
I have found that by choosing a focus word, I can think deeply about the meaning and application of the word. In addition, the word is more flexible, allowing me to change and grow over twelve months.
A WODY is more open, dynamic, fluid, and inviting than a resolution.
For several months at the end of 2021, I considered the word "boxed" for 2022 as a way to focus on boundaries. Then I thought about choosing (un)boxed so that I could on the one hand avoid long-held labels that I felt were restricting me. (I'm a Type A. I'm an oldest child. I'm an extrovert. I'm an avid reader.)
I wanted to entertain shedding some of these labels while at the same time setting up some boundaries. (Un)Boxed would allow me all kinds of possibilities.
By January I found myself drawn to the word SMALLER as my 2022 WODY.
For decades, I have been overextending myself, trying to study everything, meet everyone, master several skills--more, more, more; bigger, bigger, bigger.
Now that I'm inarguably in the Second Half of life, I am recognizing my limits.