I spent Friday evening wandering the pathways of Butchart Gardens on the final night of their annual Christmas light display. The simple white lights on one tree caught my attention. The lights captivated my imagination. I could have stood and stared for hours.
I couldn’t resist trying to capture the web of wonder and light they created.
The tree made me think of all of the seemingly disconnected posts that I’ve been reading over the last couple of weeks that have been inspiring my journey into the beginning of 2012.
Here are some of my favourites. Some are recently written, others have been around a while, some are deep and profound, some are “laugh so hard you’ll snort” funny but together they create their own web of wonder and light.
It has been a great but somewhat odd holiday season for me. Between dealing with the impacts of changes in my parents’ health (I actually had to be the one responsible for cooking Christmas dinner … learned that as much as I love to eat the stuffing, stuffing the turkey almost makes it not worth it. Eww!) and hitting one of those parts in the spiral of my life where my connections with my family are harder to embrace. Cath Duncan’s guest post at Productive Flourishing helped me keep some much needed perspective on loss and failure.
When you get to one of those spots where you realize that you’re still holding on to a piece of something that happened years ago, you need someone to ask why you’re still carrying that weight around. If they can do it with humour? That’s an even better reminder. A picture really is worth a thousand words with Eric’s illustration of “Are You Still Carrying?”. Words and pictures together meant I couldn’t miss what I needed to hear.
Susannah Conway provided a great visual reminder that everything is possible. Can you guess what’s on my netbook’s desktop?
If you’ve ever read a fabulous book called Hope for the Flowers, you really need to read Sandi Amorin’s poem Imaginal Cells. Doesn’t the title just give you goosebumps? If you haven’t read it, go read Sandi’s poem first, then find a copy of Hope for the Flowers. Apparently once I’m done here, I’m off to take a look around the book’s website. I just discovered that Stripe and Yellow are celebrating 40 years.
I’ve spent a lot of hours working with children and have always been amazed at what they will create when given the opportunity. Magic happened when thousands of kids were given thousands of stickers. Makes me wish I lived in Australia.
My word for 2012 is Boldness, but Pace’s The Flame and The River is a reminder I need to keep close by. My year of Boldness doesn’t mean burning myself out in a quest to be more. It means clearing out the junk and letting the water flow. It means grabbing my tube and jumping in for the ride down the river not just dangling my toe in far enough to barely get wet.
Don’t take this perspective seriously, but Colleen Wainwright’s new year’s song The Boulder made me laugh so hard I nearly fell off my chair. Don’t forget to sing along!
If you need something to make you feel empowered for 2012, I’d check out Jennifer Louden’s 2012 Predictions for You. That’s the kind of year I want.
I wouldn’t recommend reading this last post on the bus on the way to work, unless you’re okay with being something less than dry-eyed before you’re through reading (guess when I read it?). Instead take a deep breath, find a quiet spot and let Dominee’s words soak in. If we all remembered the things on her "39 Things You Need to Know in 2012", our world at the end of this year would be a much different place.
What’s been filling your web of wonder and light? I’d love to know!