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 fourth year playing. I’m crazy about abecedariums and any excuse to create them delights me. I really enjoyed writing; and no, I wasn’t one of the participants who prepared their posts in advance. For me that adds to the hectic excitement of it all, and I like being in the creative flow of the moment. I equally enjoyed visiting other blogs, and made a concerted effort to visit a great many. What an assortment of intriguing things folks chose to write about. I loved scoping out posts of current friends, and I’ve found lots of new blogs and folks to follow – how fun! While there are truly too many to mention here, you know I love to share treasures, so I’ll be pointing you in the direction of some of my faves in upcoming posts. I feel pretty strongly that we shouldn’t stop sharing, engaging, and celebrating each other just because the challenge container is closed. In the meantime, I want to extend big thanks and love to everyone who stopped by and commented during the challenge.
I understand we all have our own reasons for participating and our own ways of navigating said participation, and that’s how it should be. I will say though I was somewhat surprised, although not entirely as I think this is just simply the nature of the game, that not everyone shares my views about commenting. No, how can that be?! While in my book, common courtesy suggests that if someone visits my blog, I will return the favor. I get that not everyone feels this way. And I also clearly understand that my blog is not a right-fit for many people. I’m totally fine with that, and I believe absolutely we should give our attention to those things that delight us. Still, here’s the thing for me: Blogging is already often considered old school, and as we are increasingly collectively swept away in responding to each other with effortless clicking of “likes” before quickly moving along, I can’t help but fear we’re really irreparably losing our ability to engage with each other in meaningful ways. Alternatively, I don’t think I’m the only voice in world and everyone else exists to listen to me, period. I may have stepped up on a soapbox there, but there it is, out in plain sight, one of my life’s tenets – let’s be kind to one another.
I’m offering a shout out of thanks to all the members of the A-to-Z team – kudos for all your work. I especially loved the daily posting forms allowing us to not only see postees, but also sort the list in various ways.
I loved creating an abecedarium manifesto of wonders, curiosities, and delights currently captivating me, based on unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me 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 autognosis and its invitation to ever open my awareness. I want to live with deepened and expanded knowledge of who I truly am, and I want to embody that knowledge fully.
I am a steadfast adherent of balneal indulgences that relieve stress and promote well-being.
Here’s what I know for sure: the world is filled with coruscant treasures that invite us into deeper awareness. All around us there is always magic and nuance, the bold and the only hinted at, all waiting to be recognized if we have the eyes to see.
I cherish a world that encourages dabsters. May we all pursue to the level of expertise what brings us joy, and may there always also be room to tinker.
I relish euneirophrenia and the echo it brings from one dimension into another. I want to start all my mornings this way.
I feel very blessed and celebrate the foison in my life. May our hearts always be open to understanding all the true ways we are infinitely resourced, and may we find the joy in it all.
I love living in a world where gnomes can offer truth and guidance, often with a touch of humor. Wisdom teachings can be found in the most amazing forms.
I am committed to creating and living in a halcyon world where peace, loving-kindness, and serenity are valued currencies.
I’m inspired by International Klein Blue. I find it delightful to live in a world where there’s always the possibility of finding new colors, and there’s nothing preventing us from painting our lives any way we wish.
I celebrate living in a world of jessamy. I deeply appreciate beautiful fragrance and its magical ability to take one to both expected and unexpected places.
I am dedicated to kalology and opening my heart to both see and appreciate all the beauty that surrounds me; and inviting myself to share all my beauty as well.
I value the lemniscate as a reminder that everything is naturally in a state of endless flow, seeking integration and wholeness and from that a new level of expansion.
There will always be challenges to face, but I believe the margaritiferous nature of life invites us to heal into wholeness. With time, wisdom and devotion, what we build of our lives is the treasure we bear and what we have to offer.
I delight in my nubivagant nature. Clouds can be such a helpful reminder of how energy moves; how things shift; how not to hold on so tightly; and how to be both powerful and dance lightly.
I rejoice in being a strongly osmatic creature, able to deeply appreciate the scents around me; and I want to add my own fragrance to the medley as well.
I revel in the Pierian influences that invite me into creative self-expression and help me experience the world as the astonishing place it is.
I embrace quiddity, celebrating both the eccentricities each one of us expresses, and yet knowing ultimately we all carry the essence of oneness.
I am unabashedly a rosarian – I will always walk the rose path and welcome the gifts of these flowers, both hidden and undeniably apparent.
I revere the sibylline nature of the world and the life I live, and hope always to be a translator of the mysteries.
I wish to be a Truepenny – radiating my pure true essence in ways that bless all those around me.
May every utinam I hold in my heart be one I pursue with my actions.
I claim a vitative attitude and hope it’s contagious – may we all love our lives deeply and fully.
I am a devotee of wyobraźnia, and all the expansive possibilities our imagining invites.
I joyfully admit to xylophilia – I hold trees in great love and appreciation as guardians, ancient wisdom keepers, and deeply-rooted friends.
I applaud yeverous perspectives and the vibrancy and delight they invite me into.
As a zetetic, I’m looking for clues to keep my feet on the joy path and my heart attuned to loving-kindness.
And there you have it. I’d love to know 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 love to hear.