by • January 12, 2015 • Life As I Know ItComments (0)1975

Enough: My One Word for 2015

Hi, I’m Lisa, and I’m addicted to busy.

I love everything about having ‘things’ and ‘stuff’ to do. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with striking an item off of my to do list. I love being caught up in the excitement of a new project or initiative.

I love being asked to take something (else) on because it must mean I’m smart and someone noticed.

I love feeling productive, rather than stagnant, and revelling in the forward momentum of progress.

I love being caught up in emails, meetings, and projects so I feel like I’m, at the very least least, doing.

Hi, I’m Lisa, and I use busy as an escape, an excuse, and a substitute for self confidence and compassion.

Choosing a one word for 2015 was a revealing and deeply reflective process. It was telling, as most things are with the benefit of hindsight and well earned wisdom, that my three words for 2013 (Breathe, Believe, Battle) were rearranged in order of priority to Battle, Battle, and Battle. It is even more telling that I carried words like “Yes” and “Now” with me through 2013 and into 2014, chasing after something, anything, that would keep me moving.

In 2015, I’ve decided to slow down.

I write and speak a lot about the purposeful pursuit of progress (say that 5 times fast) over the unnecessarily lofty ideal of the finished, perfect product. While still committed to forward movement and momentum along this winding path we call life, I’ve begun to seriously wonder, as Thoreau so eloquently asked, “What are we busy about?”.

Perhaps in part a “turning 30 and what does really mean and do I have to be an adult now?” crisis, but more likely the result of a collision of happenstance, good advice, and experience, I have chosen to commit to being, and believing in, enough.

Enough means submitting a single conference proposal you truly believe in, rather than 3 or 4 just because you want to feel ‘on par’ with others who do. It can mean going to the gym 3 days in a week and feeling just as good about the week you went 5 times, or only once.

Enough means in this moment, right here and right now, you are whole, worthy, and wonderful. (Tweet This!)

Enough means walking my own path, at my own pace. There is no race to run, lest we miss the moments that matter most. (Tweet This!)

Enough means uttering one of the most courageous phrases in the English language: “I’m going to try”. (Tweet This!)

What I love most about Enough is that it is uniquely and fiercely personal. There is no comparison or status attached to being or doing enough. Your enough remains your own, and is not influenced or designed by others. I can celebrate those farther along the path than me, and reach back to lend a helping hand to those struggling along a particularly tricky bend in the road I have navigated before. Their Enough is not mine, nor should it be. My Enough will also change as I continue to fill the backpack of skills, ideas, and inspiration I take with me on this journey. As I grow, so too will my goals, desires, hopes, and achievements. I will do more, and be more, but through and in it all, I will always be Enough.

What about you? Do you have a One Word for 2015? Join the conversation on Twitter at #OneWord2015. You can also see some of my Enough inspiration on my Pinterest board


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