Last year it was easy to pick my Word Of The Year.
It was “Inspire” and you can read why I selected it last year.
This year selecting my Word Of The Year was really difficult.
My Word Of The Year For 2018 Is:
the ability to do something that frightens one.
“she called on all her courage to face the ordeal”
strength in the face of pain or grief.
“he fought his illness with great courage”
Some other words I considered were:
Those are some good choices, right?
Why I decided On Courage For My Word Of The Year:
I realized, no matter what word above that I may have selected, all of them take courage.
It takes courage to take action.
To be truly independent we need it.
Sometimes, it even takes courage to be humble or have patience.
In order to live in good character we often need to draw from it.
When I looked good and hard at all the great reasons to use any of these other Word Of The Year words, I kept coming back to courage.
Also, as someone who loves history, I admire those from our past who have shown great acts of courage.
It’s Not Just About Being Strong
The first thought that will come to many minds when they hear the word courage is strength.
I imagine a woman standing on some mountain top, wearing a cape, with her arm bent to show her muscle.
Sometimes, it takes courage to be meek.
For others, it is about breaking free of things that hold us back.
Especially if you are not generally the meek type.
It’s what gets us through fear.
Life is hard.
Yet, it isn’t just the wealthiest, nor the smartest, or even the strongest that wins.
It’s those who have the courage and push through, no matter what barriers placed in front of them.
Courage Takes All Forms
A child can show it facing a bully in the schoolyard.
It can come through a mother with a premature baby to care for.
For some, it is facing our own truths.
We all have something going on in our lives that begs of us to pull from courage.
The question is: Will You?
Will you use it to push through your obstacles this year?
Funny side story…
I was still not 100% sure about using courage as my word this year.
Upon coming home from a quick trip to the store I enter my house and guess what was on the television…
The Wizzard of Oz.
And guess who was on at that very moment…
The cowardly lion!
Yup, at that point my word of the year was pretty much nailed down.
You will be seeing enlightenment and empowerment articles through the year about courage.
Messages will show up in other articles as well when it fits into the theme.
Why Have A Word Of The Year?
Having a word of the year can help us in many ways.
It can support us emotionally, keep us on track, and guide us.
I like to collect things that have my word of the year on it such as coffee mugs and wall decor.
Totally loving this wall hanging from Sweet Bird and Company on Amazon:
I may buy this or I may DIY one similar.
Every time I am feeling afraid that I can not achieve something I will look to my word of the year.
When I am feeling tired, beaten, weak, or incapable, my word of the year will remind me to keep pushing forward.
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