Here we are opening the door to December. One of the things I’m planning is playing daily in Kat McNally’s Reverb – a reflective writing challenge “that celebrates and honours the challenges of the year that’s passing, then sows the seeds for a rich and rewarding new year.” Sounds right up my alley – I love reflecting as the year closes and making room to open for the new. And I particularly enjoy playing in the container of group energy – it’s always fun to see what others are thinking. And so I invite you to play along as well if you’re so inspired.
Today’s prompt: I invite you to take a quiet moment to consider: what can you say right now with certainty?
We live in an oracular world – there are signs and messages and clues all around us reminding us of the beauty and the grace and the magic that accompany us always. I love leaning in and listening; I love keeping my eyes open and watching; I love gathering evidence of how connected and supported we are.
I love strange obscure fabulous words like kinkle, nitency, dustyfats, and Kintsugi. I’m certain the world is a better place because of these treasure words – they make us look deeper and make space for new understanding.
I know with certainty that I’m a grace artist, a seeker of beauty and a finder of treasures; I know I am a messenger and an illuminary; that I have strong connections to spirit, and that I want to live with an open heart and with my feet are on the joy trail.
I’m also certain there are people doing crazy good things in this world and I want to celebrate them. Whenever December 1st rolls around I think about Day With(out) Art, the observation that began in 1989 as a national day of action and mourning in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. While significant progress has been made in the 25 years since that first Day With(out) Art, the truth is there is still much to be done. Despite advances in therapies, HIV/AIDS is still incurable. Some 7,000 people worldwide contract HIV every day, and in the U.S. about 66,000 new cases are reported every year. UNICEF reports that the disease continues to prey upon millions of children around the world, and that more than 260,000 children became newly infected in 2012.
Today I’m celebrating composer Alexandra Pajak who has created an album Sounds of HIV that is based on genome research of the nucleotides and amino acids manufactured in an infected human cell. She assigned specific pitches to the amino acids and then composed a work of 17 tracks. You can read a bit more about it and listen to a clip here, and proceeds from the album are directed towards HIV vaccine research.
I’m certain we’re all powerful creator beings; and I’m certain we can all add to the goodness quotient in our world in a myriad of ways that delight us.
Now what about you? What are you certain about? Do tell – you know I love to hear.
Great post Deborah and I’m excited to be doing Reberb14 with you!
I loved this line – “I’m certain we’re all powerful creator beings; and I’m certain we can all add to the goodness quotient in our world in a myriad of ways that delight us.”
I wrote about what I’m certain about in my post today: http://itissafe.blogspot.com/2014/12/what-i-can-say-with-certainty.html
Love your certainty list Christine and I’m delighted we’re reverb-ing together. Fun!
I love this, “I know with certainty that I’m a grace artist, a seeker of beauty and a finder of treasures; I know I am a messenger and an illuminary; that I have strong connections to spirit, and that I want to live with an open heart and with my feet are on the joy trail.”
Thank you for reminding me to shine my creative light.
Your blog is beautiful.
Thank you Eydie, and I’m grateful you stopped by to say hello. Shine on!
Another wonderful post. I wish I had the time to join you for “reverb”. But I will definitely be popping in. This lovely 1st day of December, I know one thing for certain…
I AM LOVED!!!
Best to you Deborah, Aloha!
Oh yes Vicki! And that’s the most wonderful thing to be certain of.
” I know I am a messenger and an illusionary”
I think this is the hardest part for me to embrace! Often I write something I find really “inspirational” and people find it too message-y. Then I write something that is very personal, and very much from the heart. I think it’s not really “for” other people. But I write it anyway. And I’m surprised how people respond!
So thanks for this post. It gets me thinking about how to write for myself. and how the audience hears.
It’s such an interesting dance Elizabeth. And although I actually wrote illuminary, not illusionary, your term has given me so very much to think about. Thank you!
Such a beautifully written post. I am glad we’ll be journeying together. We have a lot in common. Kindreds!!
Kindreds indeed Julie!
I’m playing along (smile)
Evalina, This and that…
Yay Evalina – how fun!
Very inspiring post and yes, the group energy does help. I struggled to find certainty yesterday and now that I’ve been reading other people’s posts, it’s pretty amazing to realise – of course, there’re so many wonderful things around us that we could be certain of.
One thing I’m holding with certainty Tat is that this will be fun and we’ll learn things about ourselves and others that bless us.
Deborah! I love that you are a grace seeker and that you gather odd words that intrigue me. I am also a REVERBER and am doing it for my fourth year–is that possible! I look forward to getting to know you better through reflecting at the end of 2014.
I’m so happy to be joining the Reverb commmunity and what a delight to wander over to your blog and find such resonance.
“I know with certainty that I’m a grace artist, a seeker of beauty and a finder of treasures; I know I am a messenger and an illuminary; that I have strong connections to spirit, and that I want to live with an open heart and with my feet are on the joy trail.”
Yes you are. Thank you for being you, for spreading so much joy. Your words always come to me right when I need them.
Thank you Cynthia – it’s such a gift to be see by others as how you hold yourself. And I’m delighted you’re playing as well.
Truly beautiful certainties!
So lovely to cross paths again, Deborah. xxx
Thanks Kat – and I appreciate you stopping by. I’m so happy to playing in Reverb14 and thank you for the gift of it.
What a great post to kick off Reverb14 Deborah! sorry to be chiming in late but I’m glad i was able to savor this post with my favorite tea and a home-baked scone…I will be checking out the cd of music and I’m sure it will be a real auditory treat for my ears =)
Looking forward to your next post which I’m about to read!
It’s always a delight to have you visit Monica, and I have to say home-baked scones sound fabulous.
And yet another post that hits it out of the ballpark. Nice work Deborah. As with Vicki in her comments above I know that I am loved. As I look back on my life almost all of the good fortune that has blessed me has blossomed from love.
Thanks for the kind words Kelly. And what a beautiful certainty you hold! May you continued to be blessed and have endless blossoms to enjoy.
A million yeses to this post! Obscure words make my heart sing. They are finding hidden treasure whenever a new one pops up. 🙂 Happy Reverb!
So nice to have you visit Tracy, and I’m delighted to know we share a love of word treasures.
A grace artist – I love it. So glad to have come across this beautiful blog via Reverb.
Thank you Alana.