Thursday, December 15, 2016


Reciprocity is the word I have picked for 2017.

A few years ago, Gail told me about the idea of living with one special word for a whole year.  About now you contemplate which word you might choose.  Then you focus on your word in different ways and bring it fully into your life.  There is actually a website that talks about it a little more but it does not seem to be very active now. 

One of the suggestions for living with your word is to have a group of friends do this simultaneously, each with their own word.  Then you check in with each other and support each other.  There may be 3 of us going off on this venture come January, so if anyone else wants to join, let me know.

Reciprocity has been calling to me since I began reading  Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  It just jumped out in front of me and asked me to take it home.  I have brought it home and now I will live with it for a year before I find a new home for this word.

Reciprocity is a word that I have really just become acquainted with but I am finding that many of my near and dear friends know her quite well.  I am very excited to get to be comrades on a year's journey.  Where will we go?  How will it be living so closely?   Will she be chatty or quiet?  How long will it take to become really acquainted?  Will we become good friends?  These are some of the questions I have now.  Meanwhile, I guess I should prepare a place for Reciprocity to reside.

1 comment:

  1. Now you've got me thinking about what my word might be. Lately I've been trying to correct my posture and am thinking "stand tall". I also want to stand tall in what I believe. Another thing I want to do is relax my muscles and stop clenching my jaw, shoulders and also relax in how I respond to things that upset me. So what's the word that means stand tall (physically and for what I believe in) and behave in a relaxed manner in many aspects of my life? Maybe I need two words. One of my words might be integrity. I'm going to mull over this.