I’ve been looking forward to this month long writing challenge almost as much as I’ve been worrying about it. I don’t know how many years I’ve been participating, not all that many, but it has become an important practice for me. I think this year it is more important than ever because I haven’t been writing much at all. I need this little kick-start to get the juices going again.
When I reflect on why writing has been hard this year the only reason making sense is that all my creative and thoughtful juices were being used up on my job. Not only was I being tapped to think creatively about intervention with my at-risk preschoolers, but I was working hard to sustain belief in my ability to support them. It was physically draining as well. I started carrying my phone around to track my “steps.” Most days I was averaging 7000 steps in 4 hours of contact time with the kids.
But two weeks ago I found a new job and although the guilt about leaving mid-year was awful and a week of snow days prevented a graceful transition, I am finding myself on fertile ground again. I’m doing on-line training, shadowing my new colleagues to learn this early intervention work and I have a later start in the mornings. So…..I’m trying to write.
It is a slow thing. But I’m doing it. I’ll see myself here tomorrow.
My One Little Word for this year is “reveal.” I chose it because I wanted to pay attention but in a different way than the words “notice” or “focus” or “attend;” I wanted to be open with an awareness that notices both the subtle and the outstanding, with reflection and integrity essential to my being.
Little did I know in January that by mid February I would be in a new job. Maybe that is the power of holding a word alive. Maybe it is the power of walking with all those words before this one: notice, delight, pilgrim, weave, mindful, rubato.
I am so thankful for prompts – even if they aren’t a very good fit. The prompt from Caroleknits on Think Write Thursday is to share about a movie I often quote from. Well, if my husband was responding to this prompt he would definitely have a movie in mind and lots of quotes to reference. But I’m not the media person in the family. However, when I read this prompt I realized there are a few lines from movies that pop into my head often – or at least frequently enough I would call them favorite lines with special or significant meaning to me. I’m sure you will recognize them:
“We’re not in Kansas any more.” and “There’s no place like home.” from…..you guessed it – The Wizard of Oz.
The other quote I love and use is from Star Trek – don’t ask me which one or when but it is familiar: “Beam me up Scottie.”
What I think is interesting is how these quotes are related and speak to a common theme I – we – confront often: dealing with change and the unexpected. I don’t think I really realized how much I confront change on a daily basis because in reality, my life is pretty much the same day to day. But the world is changing so fast; I am not living in the 1950’s times I was born into or the 60’s and 70’s I grew up in and yet I am adapting and accepting change.
Part of the reasons I can do that is because “there is no place like home” and… I have people who can beam me up when I need to escape!
Yesterday I sat and watched the SuperBowl and knit. Great for getting a project done but not so great for my back and bum. Since I spent my weekend doing weekend things, the phone call telling me we were having a snow day meant free time to do more of what I like to do – photography!
I went out into parts of the neighborhood I don’t often explore and found lots of interesting things to capture in my magic box.