Some of you may be wondering what word cloud I ended up with for my Word of the Year 2012. From my original 68 (yes, I got a bit carried away there) I whittled it down to a short list of 11*. I like the idea of controlling the choice of finalists but accepting the serendipity of a random final choice. Good for a somewhat serious, driven, focused (Word of the Year 2009) soul.
First I chose the words I thought would be useful in a disciplinary, pull yourself together type way (these are VERY Wendy type words!):
Persist, Discipline, Learn
Then there were some Brene/ Pema type ones:
Authenticity, Wholeheartedness, Clarity and Choice
And the ones that sort of clicked as I thought about them over the past weeks:
Release, Embrace, Acceptance
*Then there was laughter which snuck in so I let it stay to show my openness (Word of the Year 2010).
I could live with any of these. I could risk choosing one that was not perfect, or I could change it. I had Courage (Word of the Year 2011) so I picked my word…
And you may have guessed it…Laughter
It may not have been my idea of a Word for the year but I will embrace it. I know I could do with regularly remembering to lighten up! It will be fun to see how my understanding of this word for me evolves!
I did not take these photos but this boy really reminds me of Bhuwesh, the perenially smiling 5 year old who lives upstairs in Birtamod. And the Laughing roller skater adorned our front door in Dharan. I love him!
PS: Just quietly…following my mother’s example, I do have a back up word to bolster laughter:
Laughter and release…bring it on.