Words, themes, and resolutions

All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold and reveal itself.  All you have to do is be still and take time to seek what is within, and you will surely find it.

~ Eileen Caddy

Those of you who have been following me at Life in the Bogs for a while may recall that every year I pick a word or words as a kind of theme for the year.  Most people do this at the beginning of the new year.  For me, the Winter Solstice feels like the beginning of a new year.  It’s not the beginning of the new calendar year, but perhaps more like the start of a new cycle.

Twelve days away from the solstice, I’ve gotten a jump start on my word(s) for the new year.  The words, the theme, will be Letting Go.

If that sounds vaguely familiar, it should.  My theme for 2010 was Simplicity.  For 2011 it was Declutter(ing).  A few variations on a theme, all of which involve letting go and paring down in some way.  In the upcoming year I really want to focus on the letting go part.

While I was out for my walk yesterday, Letting Go came to mind and resonated so strongly that I deep down knew these would be my words for the next year.  Simplicity and Decluttering were ways of getting me to a point where I can finally let go of things that no longer serve a good purpose in my life.

It’s not all about Stuff, although that certainly plays a major role in the shedding or Letting Go process.  It’s also about attitudes, weight, procrastination, and other things I need to release from my life.  I suspect (but am not sure yet) that letting go will also make it easier for me to go with the flow, so to speak, rather than cling to shore.

Feather floating on the pond

The full moon woke me up early this morning, its brilliant light bouncing off the ice of the pond and through the windows of the house.

I wish I could have captured it better, either in images or words.  It was bitterly cold outside, but oh, so peaceful.  The pond had become one large sheet of ice overnight, and for just a little while, the world seemed frozen in stillness.  As the sun came up and the moon set, the kingfisher who lives at the back of the pond swooped back and forth as if looking for a hole in the ice.  We have a warm-up coming later in the week so I guess he won’t have to make a long-term move to the creek for open water just yet.

I caught a little of the sunrise from inside of the house.

Sunrise in the kitchen (on mortar and pestle).

It was well worth rising early on a Sunday to see.

I guess that’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thanks for coming by and joining me for the sunrise and moon-set.  M has been baking bread today.  He made a delicious, delightful focaccia topped with onions, feta cheese, basil, oregano, rosemary, garlic, and kalamata olives.  Please help yourself to a nice big chunk of it.  There’s plenty to go around.  🙂

38 Comments on “Words, themes, and resolutions”

  1. Bo Mackison says:

    A beautiful post, Robin — in all ways. Words, wisdom, photos. Thank you.

  2. Cmsmith says:

    I like your theme and am looking forward to reading about it. I’m sure I will be inspired by it. Letting go may be the hardest thing we have to do.

  3. ehpem says:

    I like this post, and the images. Especially that soft golden pond one – great shot. And tell M that the foccacia is delicious, went very nicely with my potato soup 😉

  4. ahronhay10 says:

    i love the photos!

  5. What a great, smooth transition from “Simplicity”, to “De-cluttering”, to “Letting Go”! Your mortar and pestle shots are so pretty!

  6. Kel says:

    oh that focaccia looks delicious
    i can smell it from here!

  7. Denise says:

    Your photos are absolutely magical, and I agree, the focaccia does look delicious.

  8. I totally love the moon photo that is third from last. And I would adore a huge slice of bread, but I’m in the process of letting go of some weight. I’ll guess I’ll have to let go the bread, as well. See, I’m learning!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy M. 🙂

      I’m letting go of some weight too, but saved a few calories for the bread. I don’t eat it often so it’s a big treat when I do.

  9. Dana says:

    Beautiful theme for the upcoming year, Robin. I’m really looking forward to following your journey, and maybe partaking in a similar journey of my own! 🙂

  10. ElizOF says:

    Beautiful… TY for your patience as I have been adjusting to a new schedule … Glad to be back commenting again. 🙂

  11. Gracie says:

    These are great photos! The lighting are just as amazing.

  12. I’m new to your blog and love that you choose a theme for the year.. Your photos are truly a wonderful escape for me. Thanks for this little lovely interlude:)

  13. ladyfi says:

    Such fabulous shots – it looks beautiful at the moment. And letting go – what a great theme to work on – and so difficult too.

  14. That sunrise in the kitchen certainly was worth getting up early for. Did you go outside to watch/photograph the lunar eclipse on Saturday? I had planned to, but then the moon was too low in the sky, and we have too many trees in the neighborhood (and I wasn’t willing to go driving around for a better spot)

    • Robin says:

      I missed it, Michaela. We were up late on Friday so I slept in on Saturday. I might have had the same problem with the trees at the back of the pond if I had gotten up to see it.

  15. aFrankAngle says:

    A theme for the year? Wow … what a great idea! So was warm bread after being in the brisk outdoors.

  16. Lovely thoughts and photos, Robin…
    If I ever get a chance to build a house, it will have a ‘morning’ kitchen, like yours, where the sunrise streams in through the windows…

  17. Coming East says:

    I have not followed you long enough to know about the theme idea, Robin, but I love it! And I love the word you chose for this coming year and today’s quote. I look forward to seeing how you deal with this word choice. Your pictures are always stunning.

  18. Ellen says:

    Fantastic pictures!!

    Not exactly your start, to me a year starts when a cicle finishes. And mine has not finished yet.

    Great theme you have chosen. A friend of mine said those words to me, in a conversation about a month ago, and they still resonate in my head “Let go” ….

  19. carlaat says:

    I’m so glad I’m taking the time to go back through your posts I’ve missed. This one feeds the soul. Letting go sounds absolutely delicious to me.

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