Saturday, February 1, 2014

To declare and not to declare


It feels like a lifetime since I started working my way through Reverb13 prompts. I do feel some regret I wasn't able to do it at the same time as everyone else, as I think the community aspect would have taken my reflections to the next level. But it was just not possible to host the way I wanted to and participate at the same time.

That said, working my way through the prompts now has confirmed to me what I have long suspected, namely, that the magic still works. I think the prompts really came together this year -- particularly the guest prompts, which were absolutely superlative -- resulting in a powerful narrative arc.

And that narrative was about looking deep within our own stories with a concise but compassionate lens. The findings were, of course, different for every participant. But for me, what was unearthed was:

* the wisdom of my heart, when I stop to actually listen
* the truth that some things may never become second nature
* the perils of not challenging my assumptions about important concepts like self-compassion
* that my daily struggles (and celebrations) are very human and shared by many
* that 2014 will be a year of slowing down, leaning in and trusting more


So without further ado, on this first day of the year of the wooden horse, I declare:

2014 is going to be MY YEAR because... I am emerging from my cracked shell, whole and innately worthy of trust and love.

In 2014, I am going to do... what my heart tells me to.

In 2014, I am going to feel... everything.

In 2014, I am not going to... declare the things I am not going to do. Because the truth is, I probably will do them. Even if I find myself wishing that I hadn't. And I'll probably give myself crap about that too. That's just me. I'm learning to like that about myself, maybe even love it. Why not? It's just me.

In December 2014, I am going to look back and say... I felt more like me, every day.

Somehow this feels gentler and more achievable/realistic/compassionate than what I declared the same time last year.

I'm learning.


I am responding here to the twentyfirst and final prompt from #reverb13. You are warmly invited to share your own response below, if you did not have the opportunity to do so in December. Thank you for sharing the journey with me. x



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