Yesterday we spent the afternoon with a group of friends for an annual New Year's journaling session. We each have a list of questions drawn from Elizabeth O'Connor's Letters to Scattered Pilgrims, and we settle down with our journal or laptop and work our way through them, reflecting on the year through a variety of lenses: high points, significant people, significant books or movies or pieces of art, new discoveries about yourself, regrets and learnings, dreams, themes, ways you were gift to someone else, and so on.
We take about an hour and a half looking back over the past year, take a snack break and do some sharing, and then move on to a second section, looking ahead to the coming year.
One of my highlights last January was a trip to Japan as part of an Amish and Mennonite quilting exhibition for the Tokyo Quilt Festival. Yesterday, getting ready for the journal session, I spent time looking at photos of the trip. I thought I'd post a few memories, sparks of light from last January.
"Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"
I've taken on a prayer practice of looking for the moments of light in each day, whether actual or metaphorical, and then writing or posting photos of what I find.