Although I spent all of April participating in the A-to-Z blogging challenge, we’re not quite done yet. All those who played are invited to write a reflections post.
I had a fabulous time this year, my second year playing. I’m crazy about abecedariums and any excuse to create them delights me. I really enjoyed writing, and equally I enjoyed visiting other blogs. What an assortment of intriguing things folks chose to write about, and I’ve found lots of new blogs and folks to follow – how fun! While there are too many to mention here, you know I love to share treasures so no doubt I’ll be pointing you in the direction of some of my faves in upcoming posts. In the meantime, I want to extend big thanks and love to everyone who stopped by and commented. I’m also offering a shout out of thanks to all the members of the A-to-Z team – kudos for all your work.
I loved creating a manifesto abecedarium of things I believe and delight in, based on unusual words. Because it is a manifesto, it really ought to be read in whole, and so as part of this final reflections post I’m posting the manifesto in its entirety, with links to the individual words if you want to check out their meaning.
I welcome ambedo and its invitation to both get lost and to remember. I want to keep my senses and heart open to the beauty around me as much as I can, and I want that to help guide me to my leading edges always.
I believe the world is filled with treasures, from tiny bibelots to the grandeur of nature and everything in between. It’s up to us to notice and appreciate them, and create our own as well.
I believe there is power in naming things. I believe cryptonyms can add a layer of fabulousity, a welcome hint of intrigue, and possibly even secret superpowers. I want more of that in my life. Don’t you?
I want to live in a dendrophilous world aware of the gifts the magical trees bestow upon us all.
I am committed to eirenism and helping create a world where all beings can live in harmony and peace.
Here’s what I know for sure: fulgor exists all around us and we can add our own brilliant light to the mix. I want to live in a world where we are all shining brightly.
I love living in a world where we get to experience Gezelligheid. To be held in love is a precious thing and I hope we can all do that for one another.
I love living in a world where I can exclaim heyday frequently – there are so many curious, fascinating, spectacular wonders populating this realm and I delight in focusing my attention and intention on noticing and appreciating them.
I believe my ikigai is to radiate my soul’s energy signature as clearly and purely as I can in every moment, finding ways to express that delight me, and always moving forward towards ever-increasing awareness, wholeness, and joy.
It’s been my ongoing objective to navigate through my life with my feet on the joy trail, but now I want to claim a new undertaking. I want to be a whirling dervish ecstatically devoted to joyance.
I love that we’re all unique and think we should wear our kinkles proudly and celebrate one another unabashedly.
I believe in the power and magic of ludic interludes to shift things, to open up possibilities, and most importantly invite laughter and joy.
I am committed to a mellifluous life, both receiving the sweet gifts, but also living in such a way that I, too, offer honey that sweetens.
I celebrate living in a world where I can be a nefelibata – a cloud walker engaged in my own unconventional dreams and imaginings.
Here’s what I know for sure: the world is an olent place that I deeply appreciate, and I want to add my own fragrance to the delicious mix.
I’m committed to creating and living in a world where periapts, beautiful little amulets and touchstones, help remind us of all the magic and light and wonderfulness we each carry.
I want to live in a world that appreciates quizzity, and I want my love of oddity and strangeness to help keep wonder in my brain and delight in my heart.
I believe rhapsodomancy and the seemingly random messages from poetry, invite us into deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us. There is always magic and nuance, the bold and the only hinted at, waiting to be invited into the dance with us.
I want to live in a world with prosperity for all; where money is beautiful and fun; and where spending our sponduliks is a delightful blessing for everyone.
I am committed to honoring the telarian in me and in all beings – spinning our beautiful webs of connection.
I know for sure that I live in an abundant world. I am grateful for all the demonstrations of uberty that surround me, and I wish that for everyone else as well.
I believe in the power of valentines. I believe that when we see, and acknowledge, and truly appreciate the connections of those who circle in our world most closely, it becomes easier to extend that awareness, appreciation, and loving-kindness in ever-increasing circles outward.
As a rule I favor the windlass – traveling the circuitous path affords many possibilities and potentials that moving in a more straightforward path excludes.
I relish those instances of xeno, wherein I can momentarily connect with strangers and share the most transitory sense of kinship. It doesn’t have to last for it to be a meaningful reminder that we are all connected.
Is there ever a more exciting time than when inspired and creating with yeasty abandon? I welcome more of that in my life always.
I can think of no better way to navigate this world than with the aim of zhi zi zhi shou, yu zi xie lao – to hold hands and grow old together.
And there you have it. I’d love to hear what you think. Have a favorite among the words? Ever written your own manifesto? Considering playing in next year’s A-to-Z challenge? Do tell – you know I want to know.