This year's word:
It has taken age and maturity to come to the conclusion that this is really a narcissistic point of view. That my very being can affect someone else's actions when in reality there is so many other things in their lives that affects their interactions with me.
I think it also has to do with control and a need to control all aspects of life, when in reality you cannot control someone else's actions. Not everyone is going to like me, and not everyone is going to agree with me and that is really okay -- not to get too Stuart Smalley up in here.
Example: I have a bad habit of asking for The Engineer's opinion and then when he gives it to me, trying to argue him into agreeing with me. Or I take it personally and assign a whole bunch of subtext to his opinion. I can't seem to just let us disagree. But sometimes there is no right and wrong -- there is simply a difference of opinion. Just because he does not agree with me does not make my opinion less valid. This year I will take more at face value, I will not assign hidden meanings to everything and I will not overanalyze. So really I am using resilient as my Word of the Year only because it sounds better than Un-Overreacting.
Wish me luck! Okay, enough navel gazing for today, yeesh. Happy Weekend!