This year, I didn't print anything out (wanting to conserve both paper and ink), but I used her insightful questions and scribbled away in my journal.
2016 has been one helluva year - so many celebrity deaths, Brexit, US election, Aleppo - and who knows what 2017 has in store...
It's been a year of change for our family too - moving house, adjusting to the empty nest, finding our way in a new community. We still don't know how long we'll be able to live here, but the deadline passed to end our current 6-month lease last week, with no word from the Church (they have to give 2 months' notice). So we know we're not moving in February! Phew!
This background of the ongoing uncertainty of both the world's events and our own living arrangements prompted me to ponder a Word that would see my through the New Year... So under the light of the bright, cold Elder Moon last night, I wrote in down, in BIG letters...
This is the one, solitary rose currently blooming in the village churchyard - its poignancy and resilience are palpable. As I took its picture last week, I knew it was significant, and as I pondered my Word, it came to mind...
Every moment in this spacious, light-filled house, I shall cherish.
Every encounter with the lovely folk of the village I shall cherish.
Every minute the kids are home for the holidays, I shall cherish.
Every day, I get out for a scoot along the pathways, I shall cherish.
Every text, email, letter from friends and loved ones, I shall cherish.
We never know what the future holds, from one moment to the next, but I know deep in my bones, if we can cherish each and every life-affirming incident, it can get us through the darkest days... And sometimes, writing a thing down in CAPITAL letters leads to words forming of their own volition :)