I am not much for making New Year’s Resolutions. But at this time last year I chose three words to check in with regularly – words that were about a sustainable and spirited life. Qualities to cultivate, aspects of my life to explore more deeply.
I have been waiting this year to see if those words could continue or whether there is an invitation to something new. And I keep coming back to “movement”. I think it is in part because my usual habits of exercise have been disrupted by slow-healing injuries and chronic pain. My wrist in particular is not as it was before, and no-one is sure if it will become better than it is. After spending a bit of time feeling stuck and resentful I am moving into a more creative space of finding ways to do the things I love while respecting a limb that needs gentleness and care.
So movement – a touchstone for me in 2010. Purposeful movement, playful movement. An openness to new things emerging: new postures, new places.
Movement, the dictionary reminds me, can also describe “a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas”. For a handcraft-loving, justice-seeking, liberation-longing chaplain, movement may well invite me to a full-of-life year!
May 2010 invite you into new adventures, greater freedom and a sustaining hope.
Edited to add: over at Abbey of the Arts a whole lot of people are writing about their word for 2010. Participate in the conversation here, or there