Word of the year: Content

At the start of each new year, I think of a word that I want to guide me for the next year. As I looked back over the last four years, I can see how the words have built on each other and stayed with me.

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This year, I wasn’t sure what word I wanted to use.

Then I thought of content. (Pronunciation note: Being content. Not creating content.)

I have tremendous joy in my life and celebrate each day. However, sometimes my thoughts are ones of impatience, envy, worry, criticism or doubt.

My brain feels very full. I don’t have room for negativity. I want to be more content.

As I was writing this post, I found that one of the definitions of content is “a state of peaceful happiness.” That is exactly what I’m looking to achieve.

For me, content builds on my quest for a slow, balanced life focused on what’s most important to me. I feel like I know myself and have made the choices that are right for Ellie and me and the farm. But sometimes I second guess myself or wish things were different. Being truly content will take effort. But it will help me to quiet my brain a bit and appreciate each day even more.

What are you feeling as we begin 2022? What are you hoping to accomplish this year?

One thought on “Word of the year: Content

  1. That is a wonderful word to focus on.

    This is the first year I haven’t thought of a word or phrase. Two years ago was my most successful phrase ever – it changed my life – “radical self-acceptance”. It was so important that I chose it again last year. This year, I think I’m ready to grow from there. The word that is resonating with me this minute, two weeks after the new year, is “embrace”. I think it’s time to start embracing the various parts and aspects of my life. I feel happy with that word!

    Happy New Year! I wish you much contentment.

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