Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The Gift

My good friend Maxine gave me a gift*. Her gift offered entry into a community of sharing. A prompt will be presented each day. I can choose to participate or not. In either case, I get to see other entries, reflect and relate to my life, as needed. No pressure. No deadlines. No supplies to buy.

Today I chose to participate. The first prompt: PLAY.  Accompanying the above image the text as follows:

Throughout my childhood play meant music and bicycles, not necessarily together but all the better if such was the case. I am not a musician by any stretch but love music and the art of creating same. I am not an expert cyclist either but from my very first ride at age 7, reveled in the joy (and the freedom) it allowed. 2013 was an extremely trying and challenging year. For a variety of reasons that I have not been able to fully articulate, neither music or bicycling offered the solace I needed. I didn't play. I couldn't play. Now I feel as though I must play, if only for a little bit, everyday.

And so, here's to the first day of 2014 and my effort to bring some measure of play back into my day-to-day. 


*Mandala Discovery: 30 Days of Mandala Journaling

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  1. I like the idea of 'play every day'. I wish that for you.
    xoxo

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    1. Thank You. Thanks to my cold taking a turn for the worst (and oh so mundane) there hasn't been much in the way of play these last few days. Hopefully warmer (internally and externally) days are near. :-)

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  2. Play is such a great word. It conjures up such wonderful memories and unbridled joy. Just thinking about it makes me smile : )

    I don't know yet what my 2014 intentional word will be, but today I am going to wish for everyone, and especially you, the gift of play.

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    1. I felt the same way when I read it. It turned out to be a great way to start the lessons. Thanks to my cold it has turned out to be the only one I've been able to complete (so far). But, looking forward to catching up. Playing On

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  3. I understand so well feeling at a loss as to what will offer solace.

    I love the idea of play and I love your mandala. Mandalas are interesting things, aren't they?

    I hope that you have a year full of play and playfulness, both. I love the idea of recapturing play.

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    1. Yes, mandalas are interesting. Thank you. I don't know where I'll be at the end of the 30 days as far as exploration, but PLAY must play an integral part interim as well as days beyond.

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  4. Sounds amazing. I did a mandala class a while ago and it was so cathartic...

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    1. It does! I've read the subsequent lessons and while I haven't done another yet, I'm looking forward to being well enough to jumpt back in. ;-)

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  5. I am glad you jumped right in. Tomorrow morning I will be on day 5, so sorta behind again, but no matter...

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    1. Considering the turn my cold took, I'm glad to have gotten lesson one out too. I've been following the submissions. Very fun. Looking forward to your joining the party. :-)

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  6. Hi! I just wandered in here, but I really enjoy your writing! Thanks for being you. I'll be back soon to see what ya do next. :)

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