Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The End of the Orange

So wow.  After months of being mostly absent from the blogosphere, this will be my third post in the past week or so.  Why?  Because a) my van has been in the shop for two weeks and I've been mostly housebound, b) teaching for the semester is over and I'm on break from grantwriting this week, and last but most certainly not least c) I'm actually inspired to write again.  (Well, let me clarify that:  I'm inspired to write my OWN stuff again.  Since I write a weekly column now, most of my writing juice goes to that and I find little left for my personal writing.  Not that I'm complaining; I LOVE writing my column.)    

This is the third year in a row that I've felt a strong sense of inspiration and magic in the post-Christmas season.  Last year, my immersion in the blogging community greatly enhanced that.  For one thing, I was turned on to the idea of picking a word for the year to reflect on, and that evolved into also picking a color.  (Although it really felt like the color picked me.)  

Now I'm coming to the end of my orange year of "quiet love" (yes - I picked two words instead of one).  I have discovered that for 2011 my word will be "bless," and the color will be green, and I'm so excited to begin this new journey that I've been consciously restraining myself from jumping ahead too fast.  I want to properly finish the old year before I throw myself completely into the new.  I want to make sure I've really learned the year's lessons, integrated its spirit, before I march off on a new adventure.  And so I'm reflecting more on the orange nature of the past year than I have in a while, letting the orange seep into my soul and steep there for these last few days of 2010.  It's been wonderful to be able to go back to old blog posts and track my path.  I clicked on "orange" in my labels section and went back and read those posts, and am gratified to see that the directions I felt led by my orange ruminations bore fruit. 

For instance, I wrote the following in one of those posts:  "What happens when the second chakra [whose color is orange] is too open (overly emotionally reactive, too absorptive of others' emotions) and too closed (shut down, apathetic, cold)  both fit me.  I go back and forth between these states."  Well, I'm thrilled to report that this year has found me finally balanced in this regard.  

I also wrote:  "I need to be able to feel the people around me without drowning in it or shutting myself down when it's all too much.  I need a vibrancy and vitality that flows out of me and doesn't just get stuck in my head."  I have actually learned this year to tap into such a flowing vibrancy and vitality within myself, which is exactly what has gotten me unstuck out of my head and brought balance between being too open and too closed.


May your old year end in peace and your new one begin with inspiration!

The orange flower lights June Amber gave me for my birthday this past year


  1. I love, love, love this reflection on your year of orange and quiet love. This is so beautiful. I enjoy reading your personal acknowledgement of where you are and your self awareness. This is absolutely beautiful, encouraging and heart warming - so "orange" in the warmth of your words.


  2. This is such a joyous thing to read, and I feel privileged to have been here, hanging about the sidelines, cheering you along for most of this year. Can't wait to see what 'green' and 'bless' bring out in you.

    Have to tell you: word verification is 'gentlyth'

  3. Nice to know about your reflection on your orange year. I hope the coming year is all green for you and all the best for your career too . Writing is such a noble profession , what kind of column you write in ?
    Writing Style
    What type of writer should you be?

  4. Jennifer, Thank you! It's so good to see you here.

    Eryl - I feel privileged to have you cheering! And I love your verification word, so Chaucerian.

    John - Thanks for visiting! The column I wrote for our local newspaper is in the business section and is called Innovators & Entrepreneurs. I profile a different local business each week.



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