One Word


As part of my rituals for observing the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, I’m participating in an online creativity project called #reverb10.  Bloggers and other creatives will write, photograph, and otherwise create a body of expression around the theme of looking back at 2010 and manifesting “what’s next.”

I had a conversation about this very topic with my friend and colleague Ger Nevin.  Faced with several days of bachelorhood as his wife and daughters took a little “girls-getaway” trip, Ger was cleaning out drawers, closets, and his garage; evaluating what he wanted to hang onto, and what no longer reflected who he is about, now.  And he said, “I am still working with this whole idea that the world I see around me is a reflection of what is going on in my mind>’

That’s what #reverb10 is about.

So, without further ado, here is the prompt for the day, and my response.  Oh, wait, a bit of “ado.”  I’m going to be doing this every day until the end of the month — that is the plan.  So I hope you will join me, as a reader, and perhaps as a creator as well.

Prompt: One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?

To sum up 2010 in one word — I choose “cultivation.” It was a year of bringing a big project into existence — a professional teacher training program in the work I do, called the Feldenkrais Method.  After two years of planning and recruiting, the rubber hit the road, and we began the program in May 2010, right on target.  We have continued to attract students to our program, and in one way, the existence of this training is a sort of “coming to fruition.”  But it’s not about the training itself, it’s about the people in the training.  As I learn more about how to be in service to others, how to respect each person’s individual process and way of learning, I see that the year has been one of cultivation, nurturing, maintaining — and a lot of hard work!  All worth it.

What one word would I like to sum up as I look back on 2011, this time next year?  That’s easy — “Abundance.” To look everywhere and be thankful for all the good that has arrived.  Abundance is not just about finances — it’s that joyful sense of “there is plenty” in every aspect of life:  So, yes, financial abundance from my Feldenkrais practice, and from known and unknown sources of supply. An abundance of eager students in our program.  Abundant fun, enjoyment, and wonder in the work itself.  Abundance of love and laughter in relationships, of happiness in work, of vibrant good health to enjoy, and in creative expression.  Looking for abundance to appear in the future makes me all the more conscious that it is everywhere, now.

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4 thoughts on “One Word

  1. Abundance — now that sounds like a good word for 2011.
    And money is the last thing I thought of when I read this.

    Adding it to my list of good thoughts for the New Year. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love the words you chose – and I’m looking forward to perusing your blog – for #reverb10 posts, but also for Feldenkrais info – I’ve heard a wee bit about it and it sounds wonderful.

    Here’s to abundance – yea!

  3. It has been fantastic watching you cultivate in 2010 – what a blessing to have had a chance to get to know you! And I’m looking forward to witnessing the abundance that 2011 brings you!

  4. your passion can totally be felt in the words you’ve chosen – and i very much LOVE how you have described the abundance. looking forward to more of your sharing!

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