A few years back I decided to ditch resolutions (I never stuck to any of them anyway) and instead choose a word for the New Year. This word would be something that spoke to me, who I was or wanted to be. It would be incorporated in all aspects of my life.
This year was extra hard to choose my word. I was feeling pretty down during the holiday season and finding it very difficult to cope on a day to day basis much less choose a word that would serve as my mantra for 2023. As I was getting more and more frustrated with myself and my lack of enthusiasm I realized something. I AM RESILIENT! I was going through a rough patch - but it wouldn't last and it doesn't define me. I sat with this feeling for awhile realizing it's okay to feel low, unmotivated, unorganized and everything else that goes along with it. I'm a fighter I always have been and always will be- so even though there are days and/or weeks where I'm not all the things I think I should be- I am resilient, I am a fighter, and I will break out and come back better than before!
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from difficult times in life. It comes from the lessons and skills we acquire as we face the hard times- whatever they are.
It is the art of walking through Hell and coming out the other end maybe a little battered but with new hope, new experiences and a new outlook to make everyday meaningful.
Resiliency is a trait I believe we all have. Every time you face a difficult situation and come out the other side - no matter how big or small- you are showing how resilient you are!
Resiliency is said to be made up of essentially four qualities: honesty, humility, flexibility, and patience.
If we live our lives with these four qualities I know we can bounce back from any difficulty we may face.
I will be practicing the art of resiliency throughout the year. I will take the time to acknowledge the low times as well as the highs. I will be grateful for each difficulty and experience. I will live my life with honesty, humility, flexibility and patience. I will come out the other side with a new optimism and passion.
I encourage all of you to do the same!
Do you have a word of the year? I would love to hear it.
Cheers to 2023 and please remember you are enough!