My Word for 2023

“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh

One of the most profound things I learned from the last three years of experiencing the pandemic plus my husband’s terminal cancer diagnosis was to be present in the moment. It was quite a beautiful experience, actually.

We were home for most of that time, hunkered down to avoid exposure to anything, and knowing that our time together was limited, we simply focused on each day. Each day was precious. Over time, that became our practice. We didn’t dwell on the future, although it was there, ever-present. We often said, “not today,” to that looming darkness. And memories of the past brought happiness and humor to the dailiness of our lives. Being able to live in the moment, with all that love and joy at simply being alive, was a precious gift that gives me strength now.

So, when I started to think about choosing a Word for 2023, “MINDFULNESS” seemed right. I very much want to continue being deeply in touch with the present moment. I want to continue to live my life with that level of awareness and appreciation for all the little things, because that’s what really matters. My other recent Words of the Year — hope, gratitudecherish, and courage are all part of being mindful of how to live deeply each day filled with love and wonder and appreciation.

12 thoughts on “My Word for 2023

  1. Marlo Quick

    I have been wondering about your choice for 2023. Mindfulness has so much to offer as we live our daily lives and think about the others who share our journey. I will try to be conscious of this right along with you. Happy New Year!

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  2. Fran Clason

    The word mindfulness is worth a 1000 moments :). To live this life fully aware is such a gift. Happy New Year to you, Robin. I look forward to sharing this year with you.

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  3. iliana

    A great choice! I love seeing what others choose and why. I don’t typically choose a word for the year but I do have some affirmations that I’m going to be working with this year.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Jane, that quotation is my guide and goal for now. I relate to your gloomy feelings. I think early January can be so gloomy with the short, dark, cold days! That’s why my January reading is often about gardens or travel or are stories set in warmer climates!

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