Word of the Year 2017


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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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. 4 —used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop

  5. 5:  a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks

  6. 6pluralcapitalized:  three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty

  7. 7:  a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura

  8. 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.



24 thoughts on “Word of the Year 2017

  1. Happy New Year, a year filled with Grace and long may it continue for you. I’m glad I’d signed up for the email notice when you post, wouldn’t want to miss it! It’s been attempted tolerance here, patiently going about my world and hoping for the best. It is good to hear you are doing well and taking care of yourself, it’s the best work we can do. Namaste.

  2. If there is one word I cherish above most all others it would be kindness.
    And if there is one word that could describe my Grandma Davis it would be grace. I keep a 5X7 photo of her on my desk in hopes that it will inspire me daily to carry myself like my grandma did. Her gentleness, tolerance, patience, and heart was an example of compassion and grace that is rarely matched in others. She was steady, like calm waters. She was forgiving, like a saint. And ironically she was tough as nails. But she never wielded her strength unnecessarily. She held her power in her grasp, letting it out when it would serve a greater cause. When I achieve even one task in a day acknowledging that I did it like Grandma I feel successful.

    1. Oh she sounds lovely. You’re so fortunate to have had her in your life.

      I want to be just like that when I grow up.

      Thank you for sharing her. ❤️


  3. So nice to hear from you again!
    I just shared (on Sunday) with a group of recovery friends that I felt like God was speaking to me about Grace and how that should be my message to others this year.
    Great minds think alike!
    Happy New Year.

  4. Nice to hear from you Sherry, and I love yourWOTY..grace, stunning in it;s simplicity. Perfect.

    I too am limited on FB, and I discovered the exact same thing…I friend someone and then immediately unfollow. So my newsfeed isn’t a mess and i am not on scrolling through for hours. And I can check in on my more, shall we say with grace “difficult friends, when i have geared up for it. Win, win situation.

    Have a very graceful year….allow the word to work you too…you never know what will come up!

  5. Grace is a lovely word. And don’t count number 3 out. As we find deeper kindness for ourselves our inner graces shines through and we seem more at ease.

    The world is a strange place. All we can do is act with love (and kindness, grace, generosity, etc) and know we are making a difference.

    Happy 2017!


  6. Hey Ninja Queen, Happy New Year. Love the woty, I have a 3 yr old granddaughter named Grace, it’s yet to be determined if she fits the definitions but she’s spectacular anyway. I ended Facebook too, it made me so anxious. Hope you have a wonderful year filled with calm and peace.

  7. Happy New Year, Sherry!
    I’m still here!
    Grace is a beautiful word!
    I think you have grace!
    I can’t think of a word yet, and none of them are grabbing me.
    Oh well, maybe next year!

  8. Well la di da look who is here! I was trying to hunt you down, and saw something from the summer, and was bummed out thinking that Sherry was AWOL, but when I logged on tonight and saw this…my heart fluttered a bit! Anyways, I love the word, and I am a huge fan of it. I know that I have been given grace by The Big Enchilada. There is no doubt about it. And I don’t take it for granted (or at least *try* not to) that I am here, free, alive, etc. because of grace. It sometimes moves me to tears thinking about it.

    so happy to see you again, my friend!!


    1. So happy to see your name come up too! I did go AWOL for awhile…from everything. I stopped reading sober blogs, quit Facebook, stopped listening to podcasts…all of it. I just had to unplug.

      Which reminds me…how’s the podcast? Still as awesome as ever I expect.


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