#embrace : My word for 2021

“Madam,put your hand on my shoulder and jump down,” Kushlesh told me as I was stuck in the elevator. He was one of six watchmen in the building and offered to get me out. A year ago he wouldn’t have suggested such a rescue but the pandemic had changed all rules.

In fact, 2020 was a year which brought all of us together with our joint experience of being locked up in a ‘bubble’.

There went my #WOTY for 2020 which was DETACH.

Ironically, Word Of The Year, which more or less sets the tone for the year , was completely upended by the end of 2020.

With 2020 being what it was , I could hardly be detached in what I did. In fact I seemed to be more absorbed with my daily chores and the people around me.

The only things I detached myself from were blogging and walking and other ‘me-time’ activities like meeting friends, watching movies and reading books.

I was completely immersed in the lives of my family, househelp and the building staff because we were all in it together for a good nine months . My neighbours became friends during our community shopping ventures . A new familiarity developed with the minimal staff around .

Circumstances have probably derailed most of us this year and the current news about the virus’ mutation doesn’t augur any change in 2021.

But that doesn’t mean that all is lost .

As I watched the conjunction of the Jupiter and Saturn on December 21st, the phenomenon of the Christmas Star, I couldn’t help feel a surge of joy coursing through my body seeing the wonder of the Universe and the hope that it inspired .

Embrace the change

And that’s how I chose the word #embrace to be my #WOTY 2021.

Because, if there is anything I really learned in 2020 is that we are helpless onlookers and participants in the larger scheme of things. The best made plans of mice and men do come to naught in the face of reality .

The only option left , therefore, is to accept. Accept not with reluctance or despair but with hope . With grace . And with love .

And the one word that truly epitomises acceptance with hope and love is embrace .

Thus in 2021, I will embrace myself, warts and all.

I will embrace life with all its challenges.

Merry Christmas to those celebrating and a Happy New Year to all !

See you next year .


By Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking! And how could I forget blogging ????


  1. You’re so right, Sunita! To accept the change with grace, hope and love! This is waht we need to face the uncertainty that is awaiting us in 2021! The enemy we face right now is very powerful so all we can do is brace ourselves to face whatever comes. Wishing you get to have plenty of me-time and loads of the other essential things that make our lives worthwhile. Would love to see you blog more often, Sunita and share your sky pics too. best wishes for 2021. Stay safe and take care. 🙂


  2. Embracing oneself and others is the only way to create a bubble of peace around us. Else we are constantly be unhappy with ourselves and others. I wrote about it in my Lessons from 2020 post too. So hi-five, Sunita.

    I hope to see more of you posts in the new year and that you will join me sometime for #WW too. Miss those quirky images you posted. :))

    Stay blessed, and stay safe.

    Have a blessed new 2021 and Happy Yule!


  3. “Detach” and “Embrace” , both very powerful words. I guess this what I was doing too. Best wishes for a wonderful 2021. My word of the year is “Serendipity”.


  4. Embrace iss such a beautiful word, Unishta. I truly believe that we are just onlookers and this universe has things planned for us. Embracing what you have at present and living on with ease is the powerful mantra for the coming year.


  5. Hugs, dear Sunita. It was a tough year. But we made it through all the uncertainties.
    Embrace is a lovely word. I hope to see you more in the blogging world in 2021. Wishing you a lot more me-times, walks, writing, and blogging in the coming year. 🧡🤍


  6. ‘Embrace’ is indeed one of the flavors of 2020, though not literally! Life is all about embracing or in other words accepting situations, people, emotions, differences et all, with love & understanding. Hoping 2021 unwraps well for all of us.

    Sending warm wishes for a wonderful new year from our home to ours!


  7. Such a powerful word, Sunita. I think it applies to all of us as we journey through 2021. We have no choice but to accept what life will bring, but to embrace is it is truly proactive. Happy New Year to you and the family.
    PS: Is that art work by one of the grandkids?


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