Back in December Cairene MacDonald offered this great workshop with Laura Burkey devoted to creating a Personal Living Theme for 2010. It was a wonderful and inspiring class and I’ve been allowing the ideas to flow and percolate for the past few weeks. And then, just as I knew it would, my perfect word came to me and I suddenly knew what my theme for 2010 would be.
–verb (used without object) 1. to be in a vigorous state; thrive: a period in which art flourished. 2. to be in its or in one’s prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc. 3. to be successful; prosper. 4. to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant. 5. to make dramatic, sweeping gestures: Flourish more when you act out the king’s great death scene. 6. to add embellishments and ornamental lines to writing, letters, etc. 7. to sound a trumpet call or fanfare.
–verb (used with object) 8. to brandish dramatically; gesticulate with: a conductor flourishing his baton for the crescendo. 9. to decorate or embellish (writing, a page of script, etc.) with sweeping or fanciful curves or lines.
Ah I get excited just thinking about it! Which is splendid – just the right response for something that’s meant to inspire me to a year’s worth of stretching.
I’ve been talking with a number of people about this process and it seems like lots of folks are playing around with year-long themes. I’ve certainly seen a number of blog posts about it. But I’ve also heard some hesitations and past discouragements. To work with something for a full year requires a certain amount of focus and willingness to stick with it as the process evolves. That got me thinking about what kind of energetic support might be useful on an on-going basis throughout the year. And so I’ve put together a special support package that can offer some assistance with this. Details are here if you’re interested.
I’m excited about Flourish. I know it’s where I want to be going. But it’s not as if you can GPS it as a destination and have the journey planned out for you. And anyway that wouldn’t be any fun at all. No, the thing about a year-long theme is the myriad of ways it will unfold. All the opportunities that will present themselves offering me chances to flourish; and all the sticking points that will turn up. The unexpected and surprising. A theme is most certainly not a static thing and I have a whole year to play with it and see what evolves.
Part of the fun thing is seeing what shows up. And indeed I stumbled upon an inspiring quote from Mary Oliver that already feels like a nice touchstone for this year. “I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings.” I’m thinking perhaps I’ll have that engraved on a bangle that I wear all year.
So do you have a theme for 2010? I’d love to hear it.