December 21, 2016
My word for 2017: Trust
I love choosing a word for the year.
Last year, I wrote about the word Fly as my word of the year. Since then, I’ve taken it to heart. Taking flight. Feathering my nest. Allowing myself to soar: to create, to take on new leadership roles, and to step into the unknown.
This year, I’ve chosen a new word. It’s one that meets my heart where it is now, and creates space for what I wish for the year to come.
This year, I choose Trust.
When this word popped into my head, it was out of necessity. It was out of a deep craving for something solid and true and steadfast. Here’s how I’m calling trust into my life this upcoming year:
To trust in myself:
In this coming year, I choose to trust myself. I place an active faith in myself and my ability to step into all of the roles I’ll inhabit. In 2017, I’ll be taking on some grand new challenges. My trust is not that everything will go smoothly, or that I will be perfect.
Instead, I trust myself to keep my word, stay compassionate, and do my best. That’s all any of us can do really. I choose to remember that I, myself, am a safe space and a good ally in my own healing and life.
To trust my wisdom and knowing:
After nearly 15 years of practicing yoga and meditation, and after devoting myself to self-care now for 10 years, I have some wisdom. I am a wise caretaker for my own body and being. In the coming year, I commit to believing myself and in that wisdom.
My boundaries are sacred, because I know myself well enough to set skillful ones. My needs are not selfish, but the wise and incredibly human longing for connection and healing. None of this is arbitrary. It comes from my hard-won experience and the sincere wisdom of being my own best expert.
To be trustworthy:
Much of what I’ve said so far relates to how I will choose to trust.
But a big piece of this commitment is that I want to be trustworthy in return.
I choose to speak kindly. My word will be my bond. I will show up in a spirit of service and generosity. More than anything, I want to be someone on whom others can rely. I want to provide a safe space, through my presence, for the beings in my life.
This year, I will be a force for fierce compassion and for trustworthiness.
To trust the process:
Nothing is ever final. There is no “done,” really.
I choose to trust the ellipsis of life and to be present with that which is unfinished.
Life is a process.
We are all works in progress.
I choose to trust that and be present with that, rather than shrinking from it or trying to cover it over.
To walk into the unknown in courage:
By choosing trust, I step into the flow of life willingly. There is much that is unknown. In these turbulent times, and in my own life. None of us can see around corners. Rather than hiding from it or trying to armor myself against it, I choose it.
I trust that I am safe and loved and held. Courage will be my cloak as I step into this new phase of life, as a healer, as an activist, and as a human.
To experience grace:
None of us is ever alone.
I have a remarkable community and family of beings surrounding me. Sometimes, it can be difficult to surrender and to experience the immensity of that. Being loved requires vulnerability. This year, I choose to allow myself to be loved, held, and supported – to experience grace – with a sense of trust.
This is mercy. It is interconnection. This experience is why we are here.