Words for 2023

What are your three words for 2023. This morning I read Ben Killer as he shared what the 2023 words of the year are. Having been at one time an English Lit major I am always fascinated by words.

Ben shares that “Merriam Webster named authenticity Word of the Year, and Oxford University Press selected rizz as its Word of the Year.”

Authentic is one of my favorite words, especially in the context of our authentic self. Our authentic self is the part of us that accepts everything in the present moment, the part that has an unlimited capacity for love, and the part that’s the image of the Divine. I believe one of the greatest personal journeys to experience during our time on earth school is to discover and embrace our authentic self.

Unfortunately, a lot of goblins get in the way of that journey. Here’s a great example: when we’re overwhelmed we operate in a kind of “waking sleep” where our ego — which has had a lifetime of employment — takes over. Our ego looks for ways to take sides, defend, and separate us from others. That’s why checking in to ask, “Where is my authentic self?” throughout the day is so critical — and why it’s one of Ben Killers  Six Practices for High Performance

Rizz, which is short for charisma, beat out Swiftieprompt, and situationship to take the top honor from Oxford University Press. In addition to rizz’s colorful backstory, I just love saying the word! Plus, when my authentic self is present, I’m more likely to show up with a healthy amount of rizz.

Because I love the power of three, Ben added more word to authentic and rizz: recalibration, which is the process of making necessary adjustments to bring something back to an optimal or desired state. That word caught his eye when he read Pantone’s announcement of their Color of the Year, peach fuzz. According to Pantone’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, “Peach Fuzz brings belonging, inspires recalibration, and an opportunity for nurturing. Drawing comfort from PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz, we can find peace from within, impacting our wellbeing.”

As we prepare for the new year, I hope you’ll have time to recalibrate. Here’s one of my favorite ways to do that: I love doing something for the first time, especially when that something evokes awe and wonder. Awe and wonder are powerful and transformative experiences that enhance our sense of well-being, inspire creativity, and encourage a deeper connection to the world around us.

Please take time to share your 3 words and what you are doing to Recalibrate. I will be sure to post in our next blog.

And thank you Ben Killer for your great piece. I read the other day in The New Yorker that the love of the English language is dwindling and the amount of college students who major in English has vastly diminished, so I am heartened to see how there are still folks out there who value the importance of words, intentions and actions.