Resolutions? Promises? New plans? Over recent days a few people have asked me what my ‘commitment word’ is for 2021?
My 2020 word was ‘UNFURL’. And reflecting back on the existentially complex VUCA year that was, it was a pretty dramatic WTF worldscape within which to unfold, unfurl and stretch into the unknowns, uncertainties and anxieties it relentlessly threw at us all in varying and terrible ways …
In 2020 I think, like many of us, I unfurled in unexpected new domains that surfaced to eclipse former states of ambition or homeostasis to instead unshackle deeper fears, and make way for the hard-won real life marks of greater, darker collective human understandings, and an awakened appreciation for the tiny, overlooked and ordinary everyday-isms I’ve long taken for granted, both personally and professionally. I’m grateful for those slow and simple lockdown lessons most.
Plus, yep – I’m also ALIVE. (And Clothed. And Housed. And Loved. And Lucky.) But just to be alive itself is luck enough, and worth granting pause to when so many millions of people haven’t made it with us into 2021. (And so many more will likely be lost to COVID-19 as 2021 plays out …)
So this years’ commitment word is ‘REMEMBER’.
Remember – what we’ve been through, what we’ve gained, what we’ve lost, what we thought we knew was certain, what we now know is not, what serves us, what doesn’t, what constraint reveals, what simplicity unlocks, what compassion looks like, what connection feels like, what humanity is capable of – and why the enforced contemplations and quiescence of a pandemic are, quite surprisingly, the greatest teachers of all.
Remember. ✨🙏🏼 😷🌏🚨2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣
▶️ What’s your 2021 commitment word?