But, 2021 deserves its own word of the year! I considered several, including "mindful", "purposeful", "faith", and "intentional", before I decided on my word, today: "Upeksha".
Upeksha is a Sanskrit word. In English, it is translated as "Equanimity" or "even minded". It means having a stable, balanced mind that is not shaken by what one experiences, it means being composed, it means living a balanced life, it means being dispassionate, but, it does not mean being indifferent.
I suppose I could have just gone with Equanimity as my word of the year. But, I chose Upeksha, instead, because it has a religious significance to me. In Buddhism, upeksha is one of the four states of sublime attitudes to be cultivated, along with maitri (generally translated as "loving kindness"), karuna (kindness, although, often translated as compassion, as well), and mudita (joy).
I chose this word because I have a feeling that this sort of equanimity is something I will need this year. It looks like it will be another year of many ups and downs, with much of what is happening being beyond my control. Under such circumstances, when I haven't control over what is happening, then, I need to focus on what I can control, which is how I react and respond. In which case, I would like to respond with equanimity or upeksha, in a composed, balanced manner. That is the goal, at least. How well I manage to achieve it is yet to be seen! Wish me well, please!
Do you usually choose a word of the year? Have you chosen your word for this year?