February 11, 2019

Photo courtesy Andrew Martin via Pixabay 

As I mentioned briefly here, the word of the year that presented itself to me for 2019 is “rise.” And it did present itself—I was minding my own business, going about my normal, everyday life when it popped into my head. And wouldn’t leave.

Some years I’ve had to do exercises or put in time pondering possibilities, but not this year.

Rise scares me a little, as passion did. With its connotation of picking myself up after a fall, rise initially felt like a word that you turn to during hard times. Please, 2019, I beg of you do not to be as emotionally challenging as the end of 2018!

But as I was noodling around with the word, a more gentle, cheerful take appeared: the concept of floating, of lightness, of flying like a balloon.  Rise has an uplifting feel to it, one of upward movement. The sun rises, cream rises to the top, bread and other baked goods rise (becoming tasty and delicious). One “rises to the occasion.”

Rising is gentler than climbing.

To rise, I’ll need to let go of heavy things dragging or holding me down, release attitudes, beliefs, worries, and negativity.

I like it. I have a tendency to be internally dark, heavy, serious, and intense. As light offered me a chance to explore and focus on more happy aspects of living. perhaps rise will offer some of the same benefits. 

I recently came upon this passage in Jon Cohen’s book, Harry's Trees:

“Olive was particularly inspired by dawns like this when she could not see the sun. It gave her strength and comfort to know that it was out there, rising, doing its daily job, unthwarted by clouds, rain or snow. That’s the way she liked to think of herself. Against the impediments and disappointments of life, she was a riser.”

I think I’m a riser, too.

I like a word of the year with some ambiguity to it. It makes for interesting encounters with myself throughout the year. What about you? Do you have a word of the year? If you feel comfortable, please share it and what it means to you in the comments section!

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  1. It will be fun to see how the word manifests in your life this year! On a side note, I saw the light "rising" side of the word before I saw the "rising" from the ashes side of the word...I look forward to the adventure and will have to live vicariously through you as I haven't chosen a word nor has one chosen me.

    1. Some years are like that. Thanks for coming along for the ride with me!

  2. I sincerely hope that rise becomes lightness or floating for you instead of picking yourself up after a fall. I don’t choose a word of the year. I will enjoy seeing where your word takes you this year.

    1. Thank you, Cheryl! I hope I can share lots of uplifting adventures.

  3. Kathy I like your idea of rising being easier - not like climbing but letting go and just being lifted up - lighter and more joyful. I think this word is a great one. Hope you will be sharing how this word works in your life this coming year. Hugs!

    1. Thanks, Debbie. Hoping for a truly "uplifting" year!