And a happy 2024 everyone.
The holidays are basically over - we already took the lights down from the front porch, though - I loved their cheery glow, so I wasn't entirely ready to kick them to the curb - but it's done.
That, in a nutshell, is the hardest part about the new year - once all the celebrating is done, it's over - and you have that semi-long, semi-hard slog through what's left of winter, which is only about eight - ten weeks, but feels interminable.
So, as you may recall, or maybe not - either way, I try to come up with a word each year to keep in mind when I am dealing with hard times or challenges, or just need a little boost.
Last year, the word was "order". Which I chose because it has so many nuances and meaning. Did I achieve order? That's a big old nope. In fact, it was a pretty chaotic year for a lot of reasons. But I got through the year, and that's enough.
And that brings me, ironically, to this year's word: Enough.
This is another one with a lot of nuance. It is used to indicate a state that dances the line between a skosh past scarcity, and a skosh before satiation. You could want more, you could do with a little less - but enough is fine.
There's also the use where you aren't going to take something any more, and you say, "Enough!" - it's a declaration of done, so to speak.
It's a statement of being satisfied with where you are and what you have, and those are a good places to be.