This year (all two-and-a-half weeks of it) I’ve been experimenting with a “word of the year”, one of the lenses through which I might view the next 365 days.
I started off with the word “peace” but it didn’t feel like a perfect fit, and then about halfway through this week the word “vision” appeared in my head.
It’s not surprising considering that my latest fascination is with photography, thanks to the classes of the fabulous Vivienne McMaster (the next one starts on February 1st, so sign up soon!) and a great new camera from Santa.
One of the first ways “vision” is showing up for me has to do with noticing what’s around me.
Given that I’m a writer who’s always looking for material, I’m pretty good at noticing things like gestures, tones, and great dialogue. But now I’m noticing more visual details, like the way the shadows fall on my office carpet at different times during the day, or the fact that even though the trees around me are bare of leaves or blossoms, they are still filled with incredible colors and textures.
So here are some of my favorite visions from this week.