Today’s the close of 2009. For me this year seems to have flown by. I think as I age the time passes quickly. For many years my plans for new year’s eve involved The Haven and a wonderful program there called Reflections. Each year the program started on the 28th and ran through the 1st of the new year. The morning of each day was spend with friends reflecting on the year and catching up and the afternoon was either free time or an opportunity to be a part of the fastest put together play production ever. The play’s storyline was always the same – someone(s) is trying to stop the new year and someone(s) have to save the day. Though the storyline is the same the characters are always new and developed by the folks participating. Everyone gets to be the character they want which sometimes makes the play a bit wild. Still on New Year’s Eve the play is the center of a great evening. Along side the play is an awesome talent show. Basically everything happens by 10pm and the rest of the evening is dancing and hanging out down in the lodge until midnight. I always believed it was the best New Year’s event around. By new year’s day there’s been enough reflecting and some imagining that the last morning’s sharing of the one word for the next year is magical and so much more fun then resolutions!
It’s been a few years now since I have made it to The Haven for Reflections. Partially because it’s not an easy trip and I am generally going back later in January for a faculty weekend. But I miss Reflections. I try to create some of the same experience wherever I end up. Of course the play is out; however, I do still spend time reflecting on the year and trying to come up with a word that resonates with the year ahead. I’ve added a few things like a collage of images and words of things I want to fill my world with going forward. This year I may even go and participate in a midnight meditation.
It’s a bit different this year because CrisMarie is in a place where she is grieving the passing of her brother, Tom. We got so busy after he died that she never had the time to let her feelings surface and flow. Now she realizes the loss and is working through her own process of letting go. It is wonderful to be in support and I am aware that is also a process she needs to do at times alone.
Looking back on 2009, I am aware of some very exciting additions to my life. Bailey of course. Plus my blog. Also I have become a yoga fan and even though I am not great yet believe I have reached a point where I can show up for a class anywhere and hold my own. I did my own workshop – Living Life Full Out and had a positive experience. We had some great work opportunities and created some excellent relationships. I signed on as Chairman of the Board of JMSI and have been learning tons in that new role. Some of the highs were going to the Harmara Yoga retreat, a wonderful Phase program in the summer (plus two excellent Come Alives!), finally making it to the Going to the Sun Road and discovering just how much fun it is to bike in Montana!! The lows were my horrible winter cold, Tom’s passing, not being able to make to Spokane to visit with my family for the holiday and still not getting any skiing in yet.
Looking ahead I am excited about moving into my 50th year! We are going back to Haramara for a the second annual yoga retreat and in June will head to Croatia for a bike trip. It looks like there will be some changes in our work relationship to the Table Group and we are open to that. There are many events already on my calendar for the year and I am sure there are many things that will pop up. Last year my word was integration and I think the year’s reflected that. Many parts of my world(s) came together and that was cool.
This year’s word has not come forward yet. I am thinking it has something to do with play, joy and wonder. I know there are many challenging things happening in the world these days and fear and doubt are abundant. However, may be it’s Bailey but my heart is light and excited about the possibilities. When the final word surfaces I will let you know. This blog has been like my reflections. I haven’t heard as much from friends but invite you to share your own reflections and what you anticipate lies ahead.
Have a very Happy New year!!
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I am new to Facebook and I was checking out classmates and found you – graduate of Bastyr. I am glad to read your blog and hear your voice again. I have been taking care of my Mother for 8 years and she died on Nov 25 in Portland- close to the time of your loss of your brother-in-law, Tom.
I am navigating my loss. uh…navigating sounds too skilled- I am stunned and am grateful that I do come up for air enough to (so far) keep learning. I have bookmarked your blog and have Curiousity! about what you will be sharing and learning. I remember the nostrils flaring when there was incongruity- good on you. I wish you all the best as always. Deborah
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