Last year was all about the truth.
- nudging others to talk
- stopping the Fakebooking
I talked and talked and talked.
*We* split wide open.
*We* were candid about our struggles & the unspoken truths of our lives.
And it was amazing.
The thing is, after 365 days of talking, Ive been pondering the reverse.
Thinking about spending more time listening not to respond but to understand.
December is always filled with chatter about choosing a word for the year (I was silent. I read. I listened.).
Selecting one word to serve as reminder of what we aspire to and what’s important to us in the 365 days to come.
One year I went rogue and selected an entire phrase (we can all see how well that went down).
I had no plans to join in the word-picking.
- I’ve reworked mission statements (silently. alone.) and, as I did, the notion of choosing *one* word felt stifling not empowering.
- I’ve sat in the uncomfortable silence of our Austin home and jumped at each new creak & noise and dreaded the year ahead.
- I’ve spent time with new friends and embraced the initial awkward interactions and inevitable gaps in chatter they bring.
I’ve been silent through choice.
I’ve been silent in solitude.
I’ve realized that’s my word for the year.
To listen more and talk less.
To write more and plan less.
To achieve more and distract less.
This year I’m striving to be the quietest one in the room.
This year I’m striving to create all conversations as two-way interactions and not
blathering monologues simply me having a BrainDump.
This year I’m focusing on the silence.
- Did you choose a word to represent 2015? I’d love to be silent, hear your word and the WHY.