Reverb 10, Day 15: 5 Minutes

Today’s Prompt

5 Minutes: Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.

Nothing like some beat the clock pressure to get you writing, huh? I most want to remember:

  • Learning about sovereignty courtesy of Havi and Hiro.
  • All the cute, smart, fun things my nephew did.
  • The time I spend with my grandma.
  • Feeling biggified* in my business.
  • Discovering what I want to do with my life, career-wise (more on that to come).
  • My vacation in Italy and Greece.
  • Seeing the Vatican.
  • My first wedding anniversary.
  • A good friend’s wedding.
  • Performing in “Lend Me a Tenor” in my first character role.
  • Finding out what was wrong with me (hypothyroidism & fibromyalgia).
  • Joining the wonderful community at the Kitchen Table.
  • The time I spent with my good friend and mentor Nancy Miller before she died.

That’s a pretty good list–very in keeping with yesterday’s post about how time spent with loved ones is what I appreciated most about 2010.

*Havi’s fun word that replaces “marketing” and its squirmy associations.

But What about the other stuff?

As I went back through my year, I found a lot of stuff I’d love to forget. Well, not forget, because everything I experience shapes me into better and better versions of myself, but stuff to let go of and leave in 2010. Stuff like:

  • Being at a very low point, physically and mentally, on my wedding anniversary.
  • Panicking over financial issues.
  • The pain of losing a good friend.
  • The frustration and stress that came with the HT and FM.
  • All of the petty arguments and hurtful words shared with my husband.

Actually, looking at that, I’ve already let go of quite a bit. I have grown and stretched and been chiseled into the next version of myself, and I can appreciate the results without dwelling on what caused them.
The take-away from today’s exercise: I naturally tend towards holding on to the good and letting go of the bad. What a pleasant surprise!

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