I recently stumbled upon writing coach Joanna Young's blog, Confident Writing. Actually I think I found her on Twitter first then checked out her blog. She is running a group writing project called "Simply the Best" (found here) that intrigued me. The idea is to choose one post from your archives from 2008 that you think is your best post, then say why you chose it in less than 30 words.
Of course going back through a year's worth of posts is its own kind of Life Review. In the Spring I was grappling with my imminent move off the island and was immersed in the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. By Summer we had moved to the woods east of town; I was dealing with overwhelm and rediscovering the practice of Gratitude to keep me on an even keel. Fall came, with its triple themes of global financial disaster mirrored in our personal lives, hope in the persona of our newly elected president, and my personal "win" of signing a publishing contract with Llewellyn for the Gaian Tarot deck and book. Winter, of course, brought introspection along with the snow, and the necessary joys of community.
And of course all year long are the posts about each new Gaian Tarot card that I completed, its meaning and the feedback I received from you, dear readers. It never fails to amaze me how much you teach me about the meanings of my own cards.
It was hard to choose a "best" post, but I finally chose this one: "The Fabled Land of Now."
It's simply the best because of its emotional honesty, and the way that the liminal time between seasons underscored the discovery of a forgotten time in my mother's life.
Thank you, Joanna Young.