I’ve still been working my way through the reflective prompts from #reverb13. Here are my answers from Days 15-21
15. Give us a sensory tour of 2013. How would you describe the year that’s passing in terms of:
“I’m not lost, I’ve only been mislaid, I know one day I’ll find the sun, though now I’m walking in the shade”
-The Beaver in Mike Batt’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark
A mix of coffee, CK Eternity, apple-scented kids shampoo, peppermint oil and peanut butter.
comforting, warm, supportive
16. Habits and addictions
I’d say there’s a pretty good chance I am addicted to Caffeine. No plans to quit at the moment.
17. What word did you select to be your travelling companion in 2013? What gifts did this word bring?
My word on 2013 was “Now”, to me it has two meanings – “Be Here Now” reminding me to be present in the moment, and “Begin it now” reminding me that I should just start to DO instead of only thinking about things.
What word will you choose to guide you through 2014? What do you hope it will bring into your life?
My word in 2014? I am going with Love.
(“It is love that holds everything together, and it is the everything also.” – Rumi)
18. I am often surprised where I find peace, it is usually in the midst of chaos.
In the midst of living, did you find moments to breathe? Were there moments that held you in the embrace of peace and quiet and pure contentment?
Did these moments catch you by surprise or did you create the space for peace to find you?
The moments of peace I found were many, looking at the sky, the immense relief of good news. Mostly the moments of peace I found are when the four of us are together as a family. Whether we are quietly hanging out at home, or out in a crowd, my heart is most at peace when we are all together.
How will you make space for greater peace in 2014?
In 2014, I intend to continue to make family time a high priority.
19. The Buddha said, “You, yourself, as much as anybody else in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
In the past year, I have been on a mission to understand and practice self-compassion, which is sometimes defined as “extending compassion to one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering,” and what I have learned has made me realize that this practice is at the heart of everything.
How will you practice self-compassion?
I’m believing in myself. I’m listening to my instincts. I’m letting some things slide. I’m having scheduled internet-free time. I’ve got back up plans for when I need some time out. I’m giving myself the space to write. I’m writing.
20. Forward is the only direction.
The mirror never lies, but everything in it is backwards.
Look at what you see in the mirror. How does it change if you view yourself with eyes that can only look forward?
With eyes that can only look forward I see
I’ve been here all along and
I’m still smiling.
21. Today, I’d like you to revisit what you wrote on 1 December on the first day of Reverb13. How does that compare to where you are now?
On day 1, I said scattered. Now, I am gathering those scattered pieces and sorting them out, working out which pieces to keep and which to let go. I’m finding focus. And I’m still feeling optimistic.
2014 is going to be MY YEAR because… I am going to let it.
In 2014, I am going to do… some things that will surprise me.
In 2014, I am going to feel… apprehensive.
In 2014, I am not going to… let that stop me.
In December 2014, I am going to look back and say… I gave it my all.
#reverb13 was a 21 day reflective writing challenge with daily prompts hosted by Kat McNally. Kat is currently working through the prompts herself as she did not get a chance to do so while hosting in December. You are quite welcome to join her if you’d still like to participate.