- Some of you may or may not have heard of or remember me participating in #reverb, a reflective writing prompt put on last year and this year (and possibly a few other years) by Kat McNally, blogger extraordinaire, and a few of her friends. You can read more about the origins, and the who, what, when, where, and why to sign up or keep reading here.
The bottom line of #reverb is that it’s a reflective writing prompt which goes on in December each year. It is a prompt of introspection and positivity and hope and setting goals ands letting go and all sorts of wonderful things that I find so healing. I wish there were a #reverb prompt list throughout the year because they always have me thinking and, usually, feeling better, clearer, after I write. (Please note that there are many similar writing challenges throughout the year, and Kat sponsors a couple of them. You can learn about April Moon and August Moon prompts here, as well as other offerings.)
This year’s opening #reverb question…
what can you say right now with certainty?
Many things could be said, small or large, light or heavy. I choose to consolidate my certainty into a list, because that just seems easier to categorize it all:
1) I have people in my life I can count on. Friends and family and sometimes (even) half-strangers.
2) I have love in my life that is strong and steady, support and focus that are unconditional.
3) 2015 must and will be easier on my heart and mind and body than 2014. I will make it so.
4) People can change, if they want to badly enough. People can also change, for the worse, with very little warning.
5) I will continue to not smoke.
6) I will not rush in. I will be easy and take my time and be sure I am ready for what is happening around me.
7) There is no allowance for telling me how I feel, for telling me what I know.
8) All judgments will be stifled.
9) Seemingly hard things can be easy.
10) More people love me than what I realize.
Day Six Reverb13 prompt is as follows:
There are so many “precious things” that are presented to us each day; discoveries and treasures found in simple moments, memories we wish to store in our hearts and keep with us forever.
What precious things have you gathered in 2013? Which memories from this year do you wish to keep with you always?
This didn’t get completed on the 6th because, well, I was too busy out making memories. A dear old friend of mine, who I have known since grade school, came back to town for a couple of days and I had the chance to catch up with her. She is exactly the same…kind, beautiful, funny. I truly wish we lived closer, but I have to treasure that precious time we had together and can only look forward to the next time our paths meet again.
While seeing this old friend, I caught up with her mother, who is also a good friend of my mom, QoB. We had such a good talk and I left that little bar feeling light and happy, thankful for the friendships that I have, which sometimes I lose sight of. It is so easy to feel alone, but yesterday reminded me that I am not.
Many precious moments this year between DSB and I, memories everyday. Us laughing, talking, discussing, debating. Kissing, hugging, smiling at each other. Every moment we have had together is burned into my memory, even though some may be slightly hazy. We have a good life, despite it all. Life has thrown many curveballs at us, but we just keep on going. And we can, because we have each other.
My sister’s pregnancy over the last seven or so months has been wondrous to behold. From watching her little bump grow into a big belly, to feeling her stomach at Thanksgiving, to her little updates about the baby over text message. It has all been quite lovely and heart-string-tugging, and I can’t wait until that little boy is here.
Like any year before, my time with QoB has been priceless. From being on a mission to laid-back chats, she is always there for me with a word, a smile, an obnoxious song being sung. As always, she is my rock, my foundation, my heart.
Not forgetting the pups, both Kizzie and Rascal have made many imprints on my memory this year that I want to remember forever. Kizzie is eight years old now, but is still a pup in many ways. Sometimes I forget just how small she is, but am reminded now and then and look at her in awe. Because she takes up so much room in life, she literally is larger than life. And the blessing of Rascal in my life that came with DSB, is nearly as wonderful. That pup knows how to give kisses and always climbs into my lap when I am in tears, looking to make it all better.
2013 was not the best year, but it was not the worst. Writing this post, I am reminded of all the beautiful relationships and loves I have in my life. Which, I suppose, was really the prompt author’s intent, right? 😀
I found a blog today that really impressed me. Janie found me first by leaving an awesomely supportive comment on a no-smoking post, within which she slapped me in the face. Now that’s support. I hopped over to her blog to find that she has some interesting things to say and she says them in an interesting way. I also learned of a “new-to-me” thing called “Reverb.” I’m going to copy/paste a little bit of what it’s about, so you can see the next project I’m jumping into:
The month of December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest your dreams for the new year.
What is Reverb?
Reverb is a reflective writing challenge held in December every year. It provides a sacred space for participants to celebrate the successes and honour the challenges of the year that’s passing, as well as plant the seeds for a rich and rewarding new year.
Reverb was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 as a writing challenge for bloggers to consider the reverberations they sent out into the universe. Gwen passed the challenge on to individuals to host in 2011 and a number of bloggers around the world have since taken up the baton. This makes for a pretty exciting and festive time, and it’s not unusual for bloggers to participate in multiple Reverbs at once!
I think I am going to go the way of Janie and linkup to Kat McNally, who is hosting a Reverb challenge this year. I am still really not in-the-know on the details yet, but I’ve sent off my email to Kat and am hoping to receive my first prompt soon. There is some further information about Reverb on Kat’s website that I linked to above.