Prompt for December 9 | Project Reverb

Surprise: What surprised you the most this year?

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There are all kinds of surprises. The good ones shine in the moment and glow through the following days. But, it seems to be the tougher surprises which stick in our minds. I’ve had both kinds of surprises this year. Tonight I’m feeling peaceful enough that I don’t want to put ripples in my pond by thinking too much about the surprises from the past year.

Prompt for December 7 | Project Reverb

Victory Laps: What was your biggest accomplishment of 2013?

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This seems like a repeat question.

One big accomplishment (on a personal level) was getting rid of this fungus (or whatever it really is) on my face for a week. I’ve had it since the Spring this year. Got rid of is about a week and felt delighted. But, it has come back again.

Thinking about it doesn’t make me feel better. So I’d rather not put much time and energy into typing about it now. I have had it looked at, at least three times so far.

Prompt for December 4 | Project Reverb

20/20: Hindsight is the one thing we never benefit from in the present.  Is there one moment you wish you could do over?

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No. I don’t want do overs of anything unless it’s a single great moment. Even then, things are always better in the moment than the second time around. You can’t have the same reaction twice, especially when you already know how things are going to end.

Do you read the end of a book while you are still reading it? Life is like that. At times we would like to know how it ends, do we accomplish everything, or anything? How do family and friends do with their own lives? So many questions to ask and yet having the answers leaves us without all those questions.

I think we need those surprises, questions and all those moments of suspense and even fear. If we had a book of our lives to read from how dull that would be. To already know how your every moment will be…. Wouldn’t that be sad to just be waiting around for things to happen instead of wondering what will happen next?

Prompt for December 3 | Project Reverb

Brave: What was the bravest thing you did in 2013?

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I don’t feel brave and mostly I seem to be letting things go and not doing as much as I really could if I weren’t making excuses and procrastinating. But, even in the middle of a mess there are brave moments, days and weeks.

I’ve felt brave when I faced things. Put a good face forward. I don’t want to dredge up specifics. It was enough to have faced it all, done my best and gone forward enough that some things are now part of my past rather than hanging around looking like threats in my future.

It is terrific when you face something hard and find out it wasn’t as bad as all the build up you had given it.

Prompt for December 2 | Project Reverb

Shine: What was the best moment of 2013?

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The best thing which came along in 2013 was my new nephew, Gavin. Congratulations to my sister, Grace and her husband, Gareth. As a moment, I was really happy the first time I held that new baby boy.

The planet certainly has more human population than it can handle, but one new baby boy is still one new baby boy. A new person starting life in this world.