Monthly Archives: December 2013

Admiring the view

We are approaching the end of another calendar year and the media is full of reviews of 2013. The Queen in her Christmas message urged us to take time to pause, reflect, and take stock. She described meditation, contemplation or keeping a diary as a way to develop spiritually on life’s journey.

I certainly find my journaling a great help in being able to re-view, and look again at where I have come from, what I have travelled through over this year. I ask the questions “What am I grateful for, what special moments have there been, who and what has supported me?”
At the turning of the year I look back through the handwritten pages of my notebooks, and the published photo posts of my blog, and admire the view. Yes, there have been some ups and downs, grey miserable days; but also some wonderful, exhilarating and inspirational moments. There have been long hard slogs, as well as achievements of which I feel pleased and proud.
I would have forgotten a lot, but for my journaling. I surprises me when I re-read small stones, captured moments (happy and sad), splurges of discontent and fear, and quieter entries of enjoyment and peace, and I think “Oh yes! I remember….”.
For those of you who journal, in pictures, in writing or what ever media, I encourage you too, to take time to pause. Enjoy the chance to look back, and admire the view!
To you to those of you who share my journey, who support me with your friendship, thank you for your company through this year!

And now as we continue into 2014 – keep writing….!

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Everyday treasure

I find Advent a strange time of year, looking backwards and forwards at the same time. The anticipatory excitement of children’s voices, silly Santa hats, and sentimental TV adverts, is mixed with the gloom of shortening days, tragic news stories, and weather forecasts of winter storms. For me it is the anniversary of my mother’s death, over two decades ago now, reminding me of losses and absent friends and family; although at the same time it stirs up memories of happy times, playing games, telling stories and eating together. The Christian message looks back to the incarnation of God himself entering our lives in human form, as well as looking forward to a world of “comfort and joy”.

Although I sometimes wish I could spend the winter months hibernating cosily, undisturbed until spring, one thing I am looking forward to is January’s “Mindful Writing Challenge”. Over the past three years this daily prompt to pay close attention to the world around me, has been a great antidote to winter blues. In 2012 it kick started this blog, and in 2014 I will once again post my “small stones” here. I also plan to write them in a “findings” journal and I am making the cover for this at the moment, “leathered” brown paper fabric, decorated with everyday “findings” such as paper clips, hooks and eyes, press studs, and zips.

It will be a reminder for me that there is treasure in everyday moments. Just like the shepherds and wise men long ago, who discovered the greatest gift of all hidden in a pile of dried grass in an animal feeding trough, we just need to keep our eyes and ears open!

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Mindful challenge details here….

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Morning fog

Brightening my window,
Appearing through a veil of cloud
Screened by boney branches,
A huge white ball of fire
Surprises me.
Wakes me from foggy stupor.

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