Relish and Reverb
Some of you might recall that I participated in Reverb ’10 last December, a month of reflecting back on the year with thoughtful prompts written by an array of talented folks out in the blogosphere. I enjoyed taking some time to reflect in this way (even if I didn’t do it every day), and had been looking forward to playing along again this December. Well, Gwen Bell, the primary driving force behind Reverb, decided she was not going to head up Reverb ’11 as she is focusing on other things, but she encouraged others to create their own Reverb-like spaces. “Bummer,” I thought.
Before I got too down about no prompts for reflection on this past year, two lovelies stepped right up and took to the task. Rebecca, my dear friend and Tribe sister, and Lindsey, my new Camp sister, have both taken up Gwen’s charge!! Check out Rebecca’s prompts for Relish ’11 and Lindsey’s for Reverb ’11. I’ve been thinking about their prompts and thought I’d share a few of my reflections.
Two Relish ’11 prompts immediately stood out to me. First, this one penned by the fabulous Lindsey Mead: “What quote, or line from a poem or a song, most captures what this year was for you?” Without question and with no hesitation, the words to David Whyte’s beautiful poem “Start Close In” most capture 2011 for me. I have big dreams and new longings that are calling to me, and I sometimes get ahead of myself or grow so very impatient. Whyte’s gentle advice to “start close in” is exactly what I need to hear and are the words I repeat to myself almost daily. I’m quite sure these 3 words will carry forward as my mantra for 2012 as well.
The second prompt that jumped out to me was from Rebecca: “What animal encounter left an impact on you this year, or what relationship with an animal do you not want to forget?” Over the past few months, I’ve witnessed our 12 year old Lab, Ripken, really come around to accepting Parker, our now 1.5 year old Lab, as his brother. When we first brought Parker home as a 7 week old puppy, I thought Ripken was going to pack his bags and head out. But he grew to tolerate Parker and now seems to even want to be around his brother. Their recent snuggling makes me smile with gratitude. I want to hold on to their relationship and the ways they teach me to have an open heart.
Lindsey’s Reverb ’11 list is awesome, and today’s prompt is: “What books did you read?” I love to read (even if sometimes I only get in 2 paragraphs before falling asleep!) and have a large “to read” queue on my bookshelf. Some of my favorite books I read in 2011 include Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. I also read Uppercase Magazine, a lovely magazine for the “creative and the curious.”
I’m looking forward to continuing to reflect on the prompts of Relish ’11 and Reverb ’11. Thanks to Rebecca and Lindsey for creating the space to do so. What about you? How would you respond to these 3 prompts? Are you Relishing and/or Reverbing this year?
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