We awoke this morning, to 2021 and one word landed powerfully beside us. The variations poured out as if breaking through a dam:
These waters tumbled forth, resonating with the sound of images, thoughts, text and memories, adding to the rush:
“What are you working on?”
“Stop worrying where you’re going…move on.”
“6 letters. 2 words. Easy to say, hard to explain, harder to do…Move On.”
“The best things happen while you dance.”
A father’s encouragement…”You don’t think you’ve got anything left…but you do!”
One tiny step forward is still forward.
We had called it a night far later than we had intended, certainly far later than any New Year’s Eve in recent memory. We had waited to connect with our children via Zoom and imagined we would play a couple of games, share a New Year’s toast, wish all well and say goodnight…and then without warning, we moved into the zone…Being awash with the laughter that is the soundtrack of our family feels like only one thing to us…creative flow. And in that space, time is lost and the only thing that matters is what moves between us. Having seen in midnight in Saskatchewan and midnight in Alberta, we found ourselves hearing the nocturnal celebrations of the last midnight through the screen in BC…the third set of fireworks in three hours, exploding into light right overhead of their apartment, stirred a toddler to wake. And at some point in the hour that followed, we had our full family back on the screen, the music turned up and we danced! The first full out family Zoom dance party of 2021.
And here we are at the start of a new year… emerging from a space where we were slowed to idle to stall to hold to wait, we now make the choice to shift our gears to move…a little or large step…a mighty or mild movement.
To learn, we must move.
To grow, we must move.
To love, we must move.
To feel, we must move.
To live fully, gracefully and healthfully, we must move.
We don’t have to move mountains…at least not every day.
We choose to dance into 2021, as the act of dancing is to live in a manner that invites response…when we dance in the flow and know that everyone on the floor is moving along to a beat…it feels as effortless as being itself. That is movement that moves us.
So often it seems that the commitments we make as NYE Resolutions, come from a place of auto correct, righting a wrong, shifting a practice or banishing a behaviour…each one justifiable. We acknowledge that all we need to embrace as we move into this new year is the commitment to movement itself.
What will we move? How will we move? Where will we move?
The questions matter, but not as much as the verb itself…MOVE.
Greg and Tami, January 1, 2021
We respectfully acknowledge the Coast Salish People on whose traditional unceded territory we live, work and play and the Snaw-Na-Was and Qualicum people whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. We honour the long history of the Indigenous peoples of this land reaching beyond colonization. We are grateful for the opportunity to share, listen, learn and create on this territory.