A Sense of Timing

Well, the Christmas count-down is on and I’m as prepared as I’m going to be. There’s a dessert yet to make, some pre-dinner prep, gifts to wrap, and hopefully time to watch one of my favourite Christmas movies, The Gathering. What!!!? I just found out there’s a second movie!! Well, guess I’ll be ordering that for next year 🙂

I’m continuing to add to my December Pause journal, which is dedicated to slowing down during this otherwise busy season and recording the highlights of each day. It may include ticket stubs, quotes, songs, photos, new recipes, and often contains images from cards received in the past. I introduced this activity to my Art Journal group, and several of them decided to participate. This is my 5th year, and it’s become a nice keepsake for what is usually a blur of hustle and bustle getting ready for Christmas.

To me, the month of December is like standing at the threshold of a doorway –  reviewing and honouring the past year – and then looking ahead, opening my heart and hands to the invitation and possibilities of the year to come. I like to get a good start on my Visioning/Intention journal before the end of the year; choose my guiding word (or allowing it to choose me ;), defining my focus areas, then gathering images, quotes, prayers, etc. and adding them to my book. Creating a vision/intention book is like planting a seed; it’s a great tool to nurture dreams and intentions.

Here are some questions that you might use to ponder and review your year (I use these too):

What were you most grateful for in 2016? What old behaviours or outmoded ways of being do you need to release? How will you honour your life story as sacred text? What areas of your life are calling for more attention?

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” ~Zora Hurston

Below is a beautiful prayer I discovered and shared at my last Visioning workshop – I hope you like it too:

Grant Me Your Sense of Timing

God of all seasons and senses,
grant me your sense of timing
to submit gracefully 
and rejoice quietly
in the turn of the seasons.

In this season of short days and long nights,
of grey and white and cold,
teach me the lessons of waiting;
of the snow joining the mystery
of the hunkered-down seeds growing in their sleep
watched over by gnarled-limbed, grandparent trees
resting from autumn’s staggering energy
of the silent, whirling earth
circling to race back home to the sun.
God, grant me your sense of timing.

In this season of short days and long nights, 
of grey and white and cold,
teach me the lessons of endings;
children growing,
friends leaving, 
jobs concluding,
stages finishing,
grieving over,
grudges over,
blaming over,
excuses over.
God, grant me your sense of timing.

In this season of short days and long nights,
of grey and white and cold,
teach me the lessons of beginnings:
that such waitings and endings
may be a starting place,
a planting of seeds which bring to birth
what is ready to be born – 
something right and just and different,
a new song,
a deeper relationship,
a fuller love – 
in the fullness of your time.
God, grant me your sense of timing.

~Ted Loder, Guerrillas of Grace

Wishing you a blessed Christmas season and a year filled with laughter, love and light!

2 thoughts on “A Sense of Timing

    1. Rosann Post author

      Thanks Dara. I’ve used it in my intention journals and in visioning workshops. It’s a great companion quote to the one by Rilke, “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them and the point is to live everything.”

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