Happy New Year everyone! Ha! I write like I think there’s still anyone out here. No matter it’s still going to be a Happy New Year!
Oh my goodness what a 2016 it was. Between the election and other general malaise, I actually had to sign off Facebook for about six months. I just couldn’t take the negativity and ugliness any longer and I’m not talking about random politicists and journalists; I’m talking about so-called friends. People I’d known most of my life were saying things from behind their computer that just broke my heart and rather than add to the vitriol I just decided to step away.
Best thing I ever did.
I stayed on Instagram to see the grandchildren and children and tried to learn Snapchat (still working on THAT one) but I didn’t touch Facebook. I’m back now but only in a very limited capacity and I’ve discovered that you can hide people instead of unfriending them. That way they can see your stuff but you don’t have to see theirs.
Onto the Word of the Year. For some reason over the last 3 or 4 months the word “grace” has been floating around in my head. That’s not a word that was common in my vocabulary excepting the occasional Seinfeld rerun so it was a little unusual for it to be in there. I thought about it for awhile and then decided to take it as a sign that I should choose it as my WOTY. So there it is…
I have no idea what the hell I’m going to do with it yet but it has been chosen. Dum dum duuuuuummmmmm.
Webster’s defines it as:
Definition of grace
1a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification b: a virtue coming from God c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
2a:approval, favor<stayed in his good graces> b archaic: mercy, pardon c: a special favor :privilege<each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling>d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency e: a temporary exemption :reprieve
3a: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic b: a pleasing appearance or effect :charm<all the grace of youth — John Buchan>c: ease and suppleness of movement or bearing
4 —used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop
5: a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks
6pluralcapitalized: three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty
7: a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura
8a: sense of propriety or right <had the grace not to run for elective office — Calvin Trillin>b: the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful
Looking at all of these (who knew there were so many) there are a few that I can extinguish immediately. I definitely do not possess grace so number 3 is out. I’m not a member of nobility so number 4 is bye-bye. While we do occasionally say grace that one isn’t going to last me all year. While I love Greek mythology I can definitely say that this one does not apply. I don’t even know what number 7 is. Number 8 is not enough to satisfy my requirement.
That leaves – drumroll please – God’s grace and the last part of number 2 which includes my favorite word ever uttered…kindness.
I have said many times in this blog (and to anyone that will listen) that I have been blessed with an abundance of God’s grace. The Big Guy loves me and I am truly honored to be His child. He has graced me (see what I did there) with so much and I’m grateful every day. I will definitely carry this in 2017 the way I’ve always carried it, seated firmly in my heart.
So what to do about the other part…the part where I behave with grace. Honestly I try to always do that but for 2017 I want to try harder. I would also like to find grace within myself and provide it to myself. Basically I’d like to learn to cut myself the break I cut other people.
So there you have it folks, the official WOTY for SoberMom. Grace.
Hope 2017 finds you all happy, healthy and filled with grace.