Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Pot Luck – My One Word for 2021 #OneWord2021 by Sarah Brentyn

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1100 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’

In this series I will be sharing posts from the first six months of 2021 and on occasion I might dip into months either side to share gems. Submissions are now closed but there will be another series in January 2022.

This is the second post by Sarah Brentyn and she shares her choice of word for 2021 as part of the #OneWord challenge. Although we are almost at the end of 2021, it would be interesting to hear from those who chose their ‘one word’ for 2021 and how it impacted the year.

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My One Word for 2021 #OneWord2021 

I’ve been participating in One Word since 2017. Wow. Five years.

This quote from 2018 says it all:

“Every year around this time I say, “It’s going to be different.” Well, gentle readers, it’s not. It’s quite the same. Which is to say, I let myself get caught up in a shitstorm of stress and overwhelm by choosing others instead of myself, by over-committing, by working too hard on things that don’t bring fulfillment or happiness, by helping everyone but me.”

I’m feeling a bit like Scrooge. Another year? Another One Word? Bah! Humbug.

And so, of course, I was in for a visit from… 👻 🎊🎉

The Posts of New Year’s Past:

One Word for 2020 was: Focus.. Focus on one thing at a time to avoid overwhelm? Fab plan, lady. Alas…

One Word for 2019 was: Move. Getting unstuck was sort of the idea. I’m still stuck but heartily sorry for it and flailing for a helping hand out of the pit.

One Word for 2018 was: Self.. It was a good choice. It worked. A little. Some of the time. Not as often as I’d hoped.

One Word for 2017 was Accept.  I did not accept anything. I sort of UN-accepted pretty much everything. I faltered. Failed. Moved on.

What I’ve learned from these Posts of New Year’s Past is I’m trying to be positive, providing some word to nurture, encourage, help… That’s lovely, but something was pulling me away from that. 2020 was a tough year. For many people. For many reasons. The celebration of that year being over is everywhere.

I’m not celebrating. Not yet.

I decided I’m not going to force positivity on myself. Oh, I know I mean well but, hell, things kind of suck at the moment, new year or not. Why not acknowledge the suckiness? And why force positivity when we all know that never works?

When you shove those negative feelings down, they resurface. Always. In one way or another, they bob up like a rubber duck in a tub.

So I’m going with a negative One Word this year.

Sort of.

I’m acknowledging the negativity that clouds my life and letting myself know it’s okay to not be okay about it.

My focus word for 2021:

ALLOW

With everything going on, I’m giving myself permission to feel however I need to feel. If I feel bad, that’s okay. If I feel sad, that’s okay. If I feel stressed, angry, or hurt, that’s okay.

No guilt. No “should”. None of that nonsense.

I’m allowed to feel however I feel.

If I happen to feel good, or even happy, that’s allowed, too. So, yay.

As always, a definition (*nerd alert*):

allow

[əˈlou]
verb

  • give (someone) permission to do something.

grant someone the right · give one’s blessing to · approve of · give the go-ahead to · give the thumbs up to · give the OK to · give the green light to

I’ve got the green light here, my friends. The go-ahead. The thumbs-up. I’ve been granted the right and given a blessing. What else could I ask for?

  • give the necessary time or opportunity for.

Time and opportunity to feel. I guess that’s what else I could have asked for. *shrugs* Got it.

  • admit (an event or activity) as legal or acceptable.

My feelings are hereby legal and acceptable. Right on.

I’m allowing myself to feel however the hell I feel without the dreaded “should” and “shouldn’t”. And without guilt. I’m allowing my feelings to break free of that self-imposed New Year’s cocoon of positivity, emerging in whatever shape, size, and color they are. If I feel angry, well, The Hulk and I can hang out for a bit. If I feel sad, so be it. If I happen to feel happy, it’s going to be a genuine bubbling glass of joy.

Have you ever taken part in the One Word Challenge?

If you haven’t, why not try it? Or think on it a moment and leave one in the comments. What could your focus be this year? I’d love to hear what your One Word was for 2021.

©Sarah Brentyn 2021

About Sarah Brentyn

Sarah Brentyn is an introvert who believes anything can be made better with soy sauce and wasabi. She loves words and has been writing stories since she was nine years old. She talks to trees and apologizes to inanimate objects when she bumps into them. When she’s not writing, you can find her strolling through cemeteries or searching for fairies.

She hopes to build a vacation home in Narnia someday. In the meantime, she lives with her family and a rainbow-colored, wooden cat who is secretly a Guardian.

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Thanks to Sarah for letting me share posts from her archives and I know she would be delighted to receive your feedback. Thanks Sally.

 

40 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Pot Luck – My One Word for 2021 #OneWord2021 by Sarah Brentyn

  1. Sarah, your word of the year strategy sounds about as successful as my annual New Year’s resolutions, but a lot simpler. It’s comforting to know others experience these frustrations too. Still, I continue to reflect over each past year and vow to make the next one better. Best of luck with achieving ALLOW.

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  2. Wow. It’s November. I’ve got to come up with another of these in just two months. “Allow”… I haven’t been sticking to this one, either, but am thrilled you chose this post so I could be reminded to breathe and allow.

    Thank you for sharing this in your pot luck posts, Sally. 💖

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  3. So fun to revisit this post from Sarah now that we’re rolling toward the end of the year. I can’t help but wonder how “Allow” turned out. It was a thoughtful and profound choice. 🙂 A great share, Sally.

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  4. I like Sarah’s word for 2021. Besides the obvious physical challenges of Covid, the mental hurdles are also tricky. Allowing ourselves to feel sad, stressed, angry, or hurt from time to time seems healthy to me. I think the key is not to stay in that place for prolonged periods.

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  5. This was a great post, and like many others, reminded me of New Year’s resolutions. I shared the post on Facebook with the question “what would your word be for 2021?” It might be interesting to choose a word in retrospect in addition to one going forward.

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  6. Fascinating! I love the concept behind Sarah’s choice and there’s a huge sense of freedom in simply allowing yourself to do what you feel is right for yourself sometimes. Thanks for this, Sally! xx

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