I’m confident that almost everyone reading this post will agree that 2018 has been a strange year. Between the collective craziness broadcast unceasingly by our drama-mongering media and the personal journeys we’ve all traversed individually, this year has left me repeatedly feeling like I haven’t quite been able to locate myself on the collectively-agreed-upon time/space continuum.
So more than usual, even for me, I turned inwardly this year. I stopped writing, or at least writing that I was willing to share. I immersed myself in books – more books than I’ve ever read before in one year. And I searched for snippets of shrewdness from wisdom keepers across time and cultures, looking to see what holds relevance for me and what is simply a paradigm that I no longer wish to endorse with my attention and focus.
Since late October when Robyn released her new album, her song Honey has been on constant spin around here. More than just my favorite song of the year, I think I’ll be carrying it forward as some sort of life anthem – how we can carry sweetness for one another. More and always more, I want to lean fully into love and kindness and doing my best to nurture the goodness in this world and not contribute to visioning misery and despair.
I’m thinking 2018 was a year of filling my well and stocking my store so that I’m ready for all that 2019 calls us forward into. I fiercely want to invite us all into awareness of our sovereignty and our responsibility to create what we want instead of complaining about what we don’t.
I know for many this year was a time of great strain and distress, and for all that have felt that burden, I send you love and wish for you a balm of peace as we close the door of what has been 2018.
Of one thing I am most certain, I agree whole-heartedly with Hafiz who reminded us
“A thousand times I have ascertained and
found it to be true:
The affairs of this world are really nothing
we should dance.”
Let us dance as we close out 2018, and let us definitely dance as we step over the threshold into 2019. And may we all find the blessings we seek, and celebrate those we have found.