I felt an immediate resonance when the 2024 word of the year came to me.
I was laying down when I heard it.
I smiled, exhaled, snuggled myself deeper into my cozy bed, and thought, but of course.
One of my favorite activities in the world is nestling. I feel warm, soft, comfortable, safe, still, held, serene, and quiet.
I am most comfortable, wrapped up in my sheets for example, when I feel nestled.
It is a reward for an honest day’s work.
It is a reprieve from the fast paced world we live in.
It is a treat and simple joy that brings me so much pleasure.
So it is no doubt that the word PLEASURE said itself to me in my most comfortable situation.
I smiled in deep satisfaction and drifted off to sleep.
I have put a LOT of work into myself, my life, my business, and my passions.
I have done a lot of deep healing and even deep rest and restoration.
I know my work and I am incredibly proud of it.
I have spent years deconditioning my relationship with hard work so that I could enjoy the fruits of my labor without stealing away my own joy because of guilt or shame for feeling so good and proud.
I have resolved the previous equation I had made up that I must struggle for success.
I am not foreign to commitment, dedication, focus, intentionality, and the like but I have decided not to associate pain and suffering with success just so that my success appears more noble.
I don’t need to be seen scratching, clawing, and panting my way to my mountain tops, rather, I can arrive refreshed, upright, and maybe even whistling.
What I have concluded is that I am incredibly gifted.
There are a lot of things that come very naturally to me and I have decided that it is okay if it looks as easy and fun as it usually is.
I love a challenge and I am inspired when I more fully realize my capacity. That doesn’t mean I have to make anything unnecessarily hard for the sake of seeming relatable. I prefer to challenge other people beyond their comfort zone and to reach for their next level of greatness.
Both personally and professionally, I have dedicated myself to enjoying my rewards and abundance without capping the enjoyment and, you guessed it, pleasure.
Depending on who you are and how you were raised, the word pleasure may have a negative connotation.
It has often been condemned as a virtue of the condemned.
Some folks associate pleasure with selfishness, lust, gluttony, or other precariousness.
Pleasure in this year’s context feels synonymous with reward, fascination, enjoyment, relishing, savoring, appreciating, and the like.
Pleasure has presented itself to me as both a noun and a verb.
I will enjoy the sweet nectar of the many fruits of my labor.
I will take pleasure in my own company and the company of others.
I will set boundaries and standards with pleasure.
It will pleasure me to expand my capacity for the moreness of life.
It will be pleasurable to love and be loved.
In 2024, I will revel in what life brings me.
I simultaneously see a lot and nothing on the horizon.
I am open to what comes and goes.
I am okay with it all and I take pleasure in the unfolding of this journey.
What most are disoriented by, I have practiced feeling into.
I once needed more answers than life was offering and it gave me incredible anxiety.
I used to only feel relief when I had a sense of control over my situations and emotions.
I accepted that I hardly even have control over my emotions. More like, I simply practice witnessing, allowing, welcoming, and feeling them.
Practicing this much edgeless surrender broke me of my need to know anything and cracked me wide open to enjoying floating down the river of life without being able to see around the bend.
I take pleasure in the mystery.
I can appreciate not knowing.
For the things I have not yet learned to feel pleasure for, I have at least learned to respect and honor as an essential part of my humanness and maturation.
Life has proven time and time again that it has far more blessings in store for me than I could ever plan for myself.
So instead, I grow through what I grow through and flow along.
And I take absolute pleasure in making the most of every moment.
I am certain that 2024 will deliver pleasure in great abundance.
Happy New Year, my friend.
It is an honor and a pleasure to be here together.
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