The first week of 2023 has flown by with some immediate things on my new year agenda fashionably ticked off already. 2022 was a great year in terms of work, recognition, writing, travel, health, food, and friendships. I sincerely hope to see this happy streak continue through this year not only for me but also for everyone else. True, we have our ups and downs but welcoming the new year with positive affirmations will create the right vibes around us. Hence, revisiting my Word of the Year ritual, this year I’ve picked: Acceptance.
Acceptance of my abilities
How often have we held back from applying for a job, work assignment, or simply making a phone call to a long-lost friend because we were unsure of ourselves? There have been times when I’ve been unfairly wary of the belief others have shown in me instead of being thankful for the gesture. This year I’m going to be kinder and more confident in myself and take that leap of faith. 2023 may have me publishing my book of short stories, after all.
Acceptance of having grown-up kids
A mother can never let go. Period. Having a teenage boy and an 8yo girl (who is mentally older than her sibling) means that the reins of their lives are slowly slipping away from my hands. They are strongly opinionated, unnecessarily rebellious, understandably naïve, and make plans with friends without my knowledge. Education, career, job, relationships, rejections, loss, and lots more are yet to happen. Sparks fly at times but I hope that we can all reach an understanding that’s best for everyone.
Acceptance of work and deadlines ethics
Time and tide wait for none. In today’s world of extreme competition when good work gets stolen from under our noses, our professionalism needs to be topnotch. I’m guilty of missing deadlines and receiving gentle reminders to turn in my work during the past year. Although valid, excuses are not acceptable and suggest compromised work ethic. Going forward in 2023, I’ll consciously work on keeping time.
Acceptance of changes in me
‘Why don’t you colour your hair?’ is a common concern women have for me nowadays. The few grey strands peeping out of my essentially black mane seem to bother many. However, I’ve always believed in aging gracefully and by God’s grace am in the best shape of my life right now. Thanks to regular workouts, I have naturally good skin too. Would I feel the same if tomorrow the harsher physical aspects of aging catch up with me? Maybe not, but I know I’ll not fight what I can’t control. 2023 is going to be all about humble acceptance of the changes happening in me.
Acceptance of my limitations
There are many things that don’t come naturally to me; networking, benefiting from relationships, bragging achievements, pretending self-importance, etc. Over the years they’ve sometimes proved to be liabilities and made me lose out. One cannot change one’s natural instincts and behaviour though, right? Identifying my limitations might help me explore other avenues to develop both personally and professionally. What matters is that I don’t try to ape others’ success and find my own path.
So here I am, ready to welcome the new year with the right attitude and hopefully conscious changes that will work for the best going forward. Hope my Word of the Year 2023 resonated with you too! Do let me know.
This blogpost is part of the Let’s Stay Hello 2023 Blogging Activity hosted by Swarnali Nath.
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