An Introduction to…A Year’s Journey of Weekly Discovery.
An Exploration of 26 Letters Beginning 52 Pauses for Consideration.
An Adventure with Words for 2019.
With some trepidation, I address my computer screen as I write this introduction to 2019’s weekly “Pause”. I’ve decided to follow a crazy inspiration to travel the alphabet, reflecting on meaningful words defining and coloring my experiences of life in this world. Subjectively-languaged words create both possibilities and problems because of what they represent, symbolize, evoke or invoke in me/us. Some words are controversial in their meaning and construction, and some words are paradoxical by their very nature. Words with multiple meanings can be confusing. Many words invite divisive response, even adversarial reaction. Some words demand and command attention , and some words command and demand action. In our world, historically and today, words unite and words divide. We use language to reveal ourselves—our stories, passions, beliefs and feelings. Words can be conflicting, defensive, attacking, justifying. Especially as I age, I prefer music, prayer, and the silence beyond words in my quest for reconciliation to a unified vision where peace and love are intended by and for all creation.
This year, I invite you, dear reader, to participate in a lively discussion of my weekly Pause, sharing freely your feelings and considerations concerning each subject. Because we go through the alphabet twice (26 letters x 2=52 weeks/a year), there will be opportunity to propose suggestions for the second round of word discussion. For example, if I chose audacity, activism, or attachment for “A” next week and shared my experiences, questions and judgments around the chosen word, I would appreciate hearing your thoughts and considerations about attachment, activism or audacity. I would also value ideas for the next “A” word to be considered mid- year. Realizing discussion can become divisive, I ask that we remember Byron Katie’s questions when responding:
IS IT TRUE?
CAN YOU ABSOLUTELY KNOW THAT IT’S TRUE?
HOW DO YOU REACT, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BELIEVE THAT THOUGHT?
WHO WOULD YOU BE WITHOUT THE THOUGHT?
I would also ask myself the questions, “Am I respectful and considerate of differences expressed? Can I be open to differing opinions with a gracious attitude and a willingness to engage in open dialogue?”
A debated writing is an audacious act for me. There are so many horrors and great divisions in our world. While I may gather with like-minded souls, volunteering, voting, serving, and praying for my peace and love vision, it is when we come together from different mindsets with the concerted intention to create open dialogue that miracles occur. Healing happens when we are open, present, and lead from our hearts with compassion and vision.
At the end of each pause, I will include one or two questions for reflection, response, discussion. I hope our conversations will gather us toward the good, love, and possibility we were created to share. Until next week…