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#reverb13: Day Seven

reverb13Project Reverb prompt, “Victory Laps: What was your biggest accomplishment of 2013?”

Self-Compassion Saturday. Started by a nudge from the Universe, a call to do something that was not in the plan, not on my to-do list but rather something that showed up and insisted. It took courage to ask people to participate, people I respected and cared about, whose opinions and wisdom I valued. It took a commitment to see it through, to collect responses, keep to a schedule, put together each post and share it. It took trust to end it, to finish. It will take another period of effort to put together the ebook, to finish sending out thank yous to all who participated, and to make an offering in their honor.

Reverb13 prompt, “Reveal your self(ie): Please post your favourite picture of yourself from 2013, self-portrait or otherwise!” Me, in the back yard at the beginning of the summer, feeling peaceful and rested, content, and even though I knew Dexter had cancer and was going to die, in that moment, he was doing really well, lounging in the grass next to me.

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#augustbreak2013 Day Eight

Selfie

selfieI tried taking a new selfie this morning, but every one came out wrong. I looked tired and sad, old, droopy, wrinkly, bloated. Instead of continuing to try, feeling bad about how I looked, being hard on myself, I understood that it was 5 a.m., I am tired and sad, and that does make me look haggard (definition: “looking exhausted and unwell, especially from fatigue, worry, or suffering” — pretty accurate).

So instead I found a self portrait I’d taken earlier in the summer, with Dexter out of frame but happily lounging next to me. I was rested, relaxed, content, at ease, and you can see that in my face. I’m not doing it to deny who I am right now, but rather to remind myself that this is also who I am, still.