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Party Wisdom (or is that Wisdom Party??)

I’ve been a bit busy and fell behind on the Reverb10 challenge. Rather than beat myself up over this, I’m going to hit two in one post. They don’t have much in common, so this might be interesting.

Prompt 9* was from a personal favorite of mine, Shauna Reid (love both of herblogs What’s New Pussycat and Dietgirl): Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe.

This year has not been a year for the ‘enjoy great beverages (champagne always comes to mind), turn up the music and dance your heart out with good friends’ kind of party. Sigh…

That said, I would deem 2010 the ‘Year of the Quiet Celebrations.’

They tended to be low-key (but not boring) and with family. Prime example: Last New Year’s Eve we were in Paris. A wonderful dinner with sumptuous food and incredible wine, followed by bundling up against the cold to watch the fireworks at midnight while standing on one of the city’s beautiful bridges.

There were a few other similar parties. Nothing raucuous. Simply small, understated gatherings to enjoy being with family and friends. Looking back, the word that springs to mind is ‘contentment’.  

Prompt 10 from Susannah Conway was: Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?

Wisdom is such an interesting concept. It goes beyond ‘smartest’ or ‘best’ in that it implies such a sense of gravitas. You’re able to look back and deem something wise. And therefore you possessed great wisdom to recognize and select the choice you made.

I believe the wisest decision I made in 2010 was to let go. Let go of preconceived notions, nagging thoughts, minor disappointments nursed over time. By focusing on accepting what I cannot change and changing what I cannot accept**, I’ve been better able to enjoy what each day brings.

The result? A heady combination of a sense of peace, excitement and action as I do what I am drawn to do.

*I missed prompt 8, and when I took a look at it I decided not to post. (It was a nice topic about beauty and the beauty in you and what makes you different, etc.) It’s not that I have any ‘issues’ with the topic, and no offense to the prompter. But when I tried posting it just felt so ridiculously self-absorbed that I decided to pass. Or at least more self-absorbed than anything I’ve already posted to date. Enough.

**Yes, I’m reminded of Reinhold Nieburh’s Serenity Prayer. Those words are such an amazing gift he shared with mankind.

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