As last year was winding down and I wrote my advent reflection on love I was a little bit surprised at how many moments were influenced by the word/idea I had chosen to guide my yearlong evolution… The process was so good at making me come back to what was essentially important, even as life got dark and overwhelming in places.
Over the last week of December I gave a lot of thought to a word for this new year that could be as inspiring and representative of the journey I am taking. Unlike last year, when I knew that Iove was my word instantly, I needed to think a while this time. So many words were suggested by friends and family but the one that kept coming back to me, the one that was perfectly simple and incredibly complex, the one that made me feel a spark inside was… light.
A quick dictionary search tells me that the root word “light” is part of at least two hundred fifty other words in English alone. (Delighted! Enlightened! Lighthearted!) Defining light, though, is often easier done by stating what it is not: not heavy, not dark, without burdens, difficulties or problems. Or more philosophically: a source of illuminating grace and strength. Can I be those things?
Thinking back even farther, I remembered that light has long been a theme in my favourite books (Epiphanies!) and an underlying current in my regular writing… It seems I am trying to write light into my life like a photographer captures its imprint on film. This year, I hope more than ever, will be about light. And more than ever I am looking forward to sharing it!
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” (Edith Wharton)