“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”
― Brené Brown,
Mished up’s post reminded me about the word of the year!
In 2014 my word was Acceptance. I had quit drinking on December 1, 2013 and the start of 2014 proved extremely distressing. I was so uncertain about everything. Should I stay sober? Should I try antidepressants? Should I take yoga teacher training? Everything was so hard. I decided I just needed to stop questioning and accept things as they were. Sober. Strange. Confusing. Better.
In 2015 my word has been Love. When I picked it I thought perhaps it would be my word from then on. I believe Love is everything. That through love we find ourselves and our connection to others. It has softened and supported me through the year.
But, for 2016, Faith has come up and can’t be ignored. I have carried the opening quote around, reading it to various yoga classes, since 2014.
The Gifts of Imperfection is my personal bible. It got me through early sobriety and the art journal course Brene Brown did with Oprah changed my life. My journal is one of most precious possessions. It started me on the road to unconditional self acceptance. I look at each page and I remember how much I have grown in the past 2 years.
So, my word for 2016 is Faith. Faith in myself. Faith to sit with what I believe. To stop seeking outside myself and, as Rumi wrote, to listen to the teaching of my soul.
I am excited to see what Faith brings me and I continue to hold on to Acceptance and Love.
Stillness and Peace,
“I have been a seeker and I still am.