Reverb is an every-day-in-December journalling/blogging practice. Each day features a prompt that either helps you integrate the past year or envision what you want to create in the next one (sometimes both). If you want to follow along with me, I’m posting a prompt on my Facebook page every morning.
Dec 14: Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Victoria Klein)
This year I came to appreciate the miraculous way that the Universe responds to intentions combined with actions (no matter how small). The way you can move forward inch by inch with a mix of gentleness and courage, and suddenly you’re going places you couldn’t even have imagined, doing and feeling and discovering things you didn’t even know were possible.
Sometimes a step forward led to a big step back again. Sometimes I stepped forward only to realize that I didn’t want what I was moving towards after all, or that I wasn’t ready because there were a dozen other steps that needed to happen first. Every step contained a lesson. The Universe was ready to teach me, but only when I was ready to show up.
Maybe this is why I hate goal-making so much. It’s the only part of New Years workbooks that makes me break out in a cold sweat. Because if I look at this past year through the lens of the goals I set last January, then it was a failure in many ways. I didn’t achieve most of those goals. But if I look at it through the journey I’ve taken and the things I’ve done, the feelings and experiences that have come into my life…it’s unlike any other year. It blows me away.
And I see how I was supported all the way through. I didn’t know where I was going, sometimes I felt lost and scared, but when I look back I see the healing and growth that was happening during those times.
That’s what I appreciate the most. And I show gratitude for it by noticing it…and by continuing to trust the Universe. One tiny step at a time. One openly stated intention at a time. Eyes wide open to catch the unexpected beauty of the journey.