my word for 2016 (that I’m removing from all conversations)
A few weeks ago it became apparent that the word “busy” was slipping into every conversation I was having. I started shocking myself with the ease with which I was saying it – even writing it. And just when I thought I’d exhausted the word, Poet declared that she had a very “busy” day ahead of her. My language had become hers and I didn’t like what I was hearing.
It’s easy to dismiss the power of words and the effect they have on my mindset, my home life and my family. One of my biggest personal issues is one that directly effects my day-to-day. The juggle of work and motherhood is nothing new to me and yet I go through phases when it all seems a little overwhelming. But when I jot down the to-dos on paper, they’re always, always, manageable.
And yet I continue to think and say that I’m busy. And declaring my busyness perpetuates a busy, frantic, overwhelmed mindset. It doesn’t take long for me to become so bogged down by my apparent busyness that I loose sight of the reality of the situation – the reality of my day. Subsequently, I don’t see what’s right in front of me. I don’t see the abundant fruit bowl, the healthy children, the supportive partner, the beautiful clothes, the expansive ocean. I just see work that needs to get done and no sign of it easing any time soon.
Isn’t the mind powerful, that it can fabricate such a false sense of reality.
This past week I’ve gone to utter the word “busy” countless times and yet I’ve stopped myself and subsequently, settled the mind.
In our home we don’t let anyone utter the words “stupid” or “idiot” or “dumb” and from now on, I’m not going to let the word “busy” out of my mouth. It’s a small step towards simplifying my day-to-day and maintaining a happier and calmer mindset.
Are you embracing or removing a word for the New Year?