I think fierce often has a negative connotation.
Yet, the third definition in a list of 4 that I found on-line at dictionary.reference.com is vehement, intense, or strong. Hardly words I would associate with negativity.
And the word fierce has been dropping into my conscious when I think about my work for the last two months, so I think it has chosen me and I am not going to resist. Because I like it.
I like the idea of being vehemently intense about my work and the things I believe in. I like the idea of being fiercely protective of myself and the people and environments that I love. No – I don’t like those ideas. I LOVE them!
I get a picture of a strong woman stepping out, head held high, dripping in self-assurance, ready to fight for what she believes in – not from a place of fear or need, but from her internal divine spark self. Calmly. Clearly. Focused. Smiling. Compassionate. Generous. Not a bad image to direct my year.
And I like that the image comes with the word – so that it tunes into the subconscious and doesn’t just stay in the head of letters and definitions.
Fierce also brings to mind the creator/destroyer goddesses: Hecate; Demeter, Kali, the Morrigan. They are who they are, and true to that. They do not hide or pretend to be less than or smaller to make others feel better. I love that.
Fierce is also edgy, maybe a bit unpredictable because how many of us have actually claimed and stepped into our divinely sparked creative life – the one we only dream about because the story we inhabit says that nice women don’t do fierce. And they certainly don’t color outside the line.
Yes. I do believe my word has found me this year instead of my having to sit here and work on what might be right. Works for me! Do you have your word for the year?
For fun here are past year’s posts on “Word/Words/Phrases” for the year:
2012 Leap! (hint: “leap” was not my word for 2012. In fact, I’d forgotten my word and when I went back and read this I have to admit I’m amazed the way things turned out…as in “I am the most curious of all to see what happens next.” which is more or less what I’m writing about these days! But whatever it is, if it doesn’t have “Hell Yes!!” attached to it, I’m not doing it!)
2010 (August) Saunter + Sassy = Sashay (yes, I changed a bit over mid-way through)
2009 Word for the Year