What shall I say for 2021 other than generalizing... Hopefully my positive spirit prevails as I continue here and connect with moments to share.
The Mission certainly strongly held its own, doing what it does best, offering a constant comfort in the chaos of the world, not to mention unsettled feelings even in our little community of Pelee.
I had brought 2020's word, CALM into 2021 not ever thinking I would still be needing to heavily focus on the same for 2022. But let's add CLARITY to this new year! It has an up-lifting pro-active feel to it doesn't it?
During 2021 the Island managed to welcome fresh energy and show its spirit as usual. Also new business ventures, new land and home or cottage owners brought feelings of excitement. American friends and neighbors were finally able to return to their very much missed places.
Pelee Artworks thrived even though season opening happened much later than normal. We were so happy to finally share fine art prints of Lisa Rollo Kipp's 'Light Within' painting. Seven found homes to settle in! Katherine Roth's ethereal encaustic paintings on Mission Hall salvage once again spoke to many as well. It's delightful and an honor sharing creativity with such intentional artists.
Restrictions kept social gatherings at a minimal but you can never hold back nature's embrace.
We planted, nurtured and watched Sunflowers thrive, each in our own thoughts of souls journeyed on.
The Island's magic dominated. Time and time again we are reminded by offerings and love notes left in The Sanctuary.
Space is held and brings peace to heavy hearts. Light shines through rustic openings restoring energy.
As I reflect, I am reminded that one of the main principals The Mission was re-created on is the significance of being still and connecting with our core, our internal knowing, the place where we find clarity. The place where our fears are broken down and transformed, where we can leave our egos behind and feel glimpses of hope and healing and understanding, then inevitably joy. Sitting in places like The Sanctuary where ones experience can be magnified are simply a perk to making the effort to be conscious to our knowing.
As we settle in for 2022, preparing for finding the way through our world of much needed repair, what I pray for is that we all find the courage and wisdom that is inside of us. That we awaken from our slumber of unknowingness, helplessness and misplaced emotions. Let's choose to reconnect with our innate and our power. The world is not black and white. If it were not for the grey would we evolve? The path of least resistance surely can lead to fading of our colors.
I thought this to be quite beautiful, a simple request to live with your heart wide open...
"When you've lost your way Colors start to fade Take a look within Find your offering Hold it to the sun Let your spirit run Remember Remember find your center My love it's just a reminder Find your center My love it's just a reminder My love it's just a reminder Find your center" @trevorhallmusic
I am so looking forward to the CLARITY and colors of love this year can bring!