Monday, December 31, 2012
#reverb12 Day 31: Love to you, wherever you are NOW
It's hard to know where to start! Is this really the last day of #reverb12?
My feelings are mixed and the answer is mixed too. I write this with equal parts sadness and relief. And, yes, this is the end but it really isn't either.
Of course, after today there will be no more daily prompting under the auspices of #reverb12. But I also want to shout NO! This is not the end of our time together!
It's true, many of us will be continuing to work with our prompts well into January, me included. [Anyone feeling even slightly conflicted about this should read Jenna McGuiggan's superb piece Life Isn't A Calendar. Amen, sistah!] And, of course, there will be similar stuff throughout the year as far as my usual I Saw You Dancing posts go.
But beyond the prompts and the tweets and the logistics, I feel so grateful to come through this experience with the most exquisite gift ever: a tribe of true kindreds. And if you're reading this, I am talking about YOU!
You who blogged a response to every single prompt, and tweeted a link to your post as well. You who didn't blog a single thing but read the prompts when you could and thought about them as you went about your day. You who retweeted every one of my prompts and spread the word about #reverb12 to everyone you know. You who responded to the prompts via instagram. You who blogged sometimes, journaled sometimes, did what felt right. You who started out then fell off the wagon. You who joined on the second last day. You who used the prompts as catalysts for the most incredible, searing poetry I have ever read. You who became my friends, on your blogs, via twitter, in life.
Special thanks must go to my beautiful guest prompters: Ruth, Jan, Noël, Lana x2, Bron, Jani, Loukia, and Cam. Cam also made the phenomenal blog button which captured the spirit of #reverb12 so well.
Thank you all. From the bottom of my heart: THANK YOU.
I am humbled and privileged to be starting a new year with you in my corner. Call me cheesy but I honestly believe that, together, we can do anything.
So today, in celebration if this incredible time and space we are inhabiting, here is the final #reverb12 prompt:
Take a moment to yourself, somewhere quiet.
Take a deep breath, and if you have the time/space/inclination do something that has significance for you e.g. light a candle, brew a put of your favourite tea, play your favourite music, whatever.
Think back to where you were all those moons ago, on 1 December when you started #reverb12. All the way back then, I asked: "How are you starting?"
Now, I am not going to ask you "Where are you finishing?" because this is not the end. What I want to ask is, "Where are you now?".
You have spent a month honouring everything that has brought you to this place: the highs, the lows, the messy middles, the exuberant rainbows, the turbulent storms, the fresh strawberries dipped in dark chocolate, the too-tight jeans, the unexpected windfalls, the toddler tantrums (theirs or yours!), all of it.
You have thanked each end every one of these things for the things they have taught you and brought you, and fully know that they reside benignly in your physical, emotional and spiritual being. You know know that while they brought you here and will always be with you, there is no reason for them to hold you back any longer.
You are standing where you are, all that you are, splendidly imperfect and right in the middle of this messy delicious life.
Take another deep breath.
Now quickly and without thinking too much about it, finish these five sentences:
2013 is going to be MY YEAR because...
In 2013, I am going to do...
In 2013, I am going to feel...
In 2013, I am not going to...
In December 2013, I am going to look back and say...
And you'd better believe that I'll be back here in December 2013 for #reverb13. Can't wait to celebrate our incredible year here together again.
Love from the roots of the trees to the lining of the clouds,