As far as ‘words for the year’ go – ‘BODY’ is a lousy one to choose.
You will find yourself, in December, mulling over your word and trying to tie together some meaningful thoughts.
You will find yourself, in December, the tiredest month of the year. What a ridiculous month to reflect on your Body. It’s not exactly festive. You don’t want to reflect on your body, you want to wrap it up and heat it up and comfort it with seasonal goodies.
You don’t want to reflect at all, you want to rest.
And as far as Blog Series go – ‘BODY’ is an unfortunate choice. It seems to mock you. How is it possible you have become more tired and unhealthy since starting it?
But, as usual, Anne Lamott is right:
Life does not seem to present itself to me for my convenience, to box itself up nicely so I can write about it with wisdom and a point to make before putting it on a shelf somewhere.
I will not have this Body Thing boxed up, or written up, this month. There will be no ‘How to’ final post, no impressive Before and After photos. Just the same familiar body (and mind) with its familiar struggles and tendencies and well-practised habits.
So, honestly? I picked WELL. Body is a brilliant word for the year. Especially for me, because I struggle with mine. It should feel hard and counter-intuitive, it should take longer than a year and it should involve trying again, again.
So I hear my own mocking voice but I don’t let it stop me because “nothing of beauty gets built through shame” (Shauna Niequist).
I am learning and I am unlearning and it’s December and I’m going to wrap this body up and I am going to rest. And maybe I will reflect by the candle light about the slow changes and the small things and maybe I will write about it here.
It’s not exactly festive, but maybe you will find yourself thinking about your body too, this December. If you do I’d be honoured to host your thoughts here. Or maybe you will be too busy resting which is, I suspect, one of the wisest things we can learn.
[Read the rest of the Series here]