Thursday, June 1, 2023

2023 Word of the Year: FEAR: Face Everything and ... Rise

Alamogordo Balloon Invitational. New Mexico. September 2013. Credit: Mzuriana.
Alamogordo Balloon Invitational. New Mexico. September 2013. Credit: Mzuriana.


The usual 12-step Face-Everything acronym is Face Everything and Recover.

But there's an AA meeting in Kentucky that calls itself Face Everything and Rise, which I happened upon in my Google search for inspiration for this post.

I sure like the idea of rising: the weightlessness, the freedom, the letting go. The ability to detach, to get perspective from a higher view, to see the proverbial bigger picture.

Recovery, albeit the goal in the 12-step universe (although I prefer remission), is too big to embrace in one armful, so complex, so ... tied to the gravity of working those steps, laboring at the steps. Recovery is so ... weighty

Fear squats obesely on our spirit; it is the easier path to stay put, not venture out physically, emotionally, or spiritually. 

When I look at my own drug of choice, compulsive eating, from which I have been in remission for some years, the fear literally weighed me down with my extra poundage. I carried the equivalent of an extra woman everywhere I walked, sat, or reposed.

Just as I let go of the physical weight, I can strive each day to untie the ropes that keep me earthbound, so I can rise like a balloon and see the curve of the earth. 


The 2023 word of the year thus far

  1. January: FEAR: Looking Into the Abyss Without Falling In
  2. February: FEAR: Fuck Everything And Run
  3. March: FEAR: Forgetting Everything's All Right
  4. April: FEAR: Take More Risks
  5. May: FEAR: Feelings Expressed Allow Relief


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