week #16 in an experimental year…

One of my rituals for each new year is to choose a word to influence me for the year.  My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT. To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year.

This week I experimented with a new ritual.  As you may or may not know, I use a walking stick when I’m outside of my home (I can touch something for balance throughout my home). I have LOTS of walking sticks.  One is my favorite though.   It’s a mega cool piece of sassafras I  found  in The Green Swamp (near my home). Sassafras just doesn’t get brittle. And the root of this particular stick is the perfect handle.   So this is my daily walking stick. I re-paint it every few years.   The re-painting process has always been pretty random.  I do it when I can no longer stand looking at the scrapes and dents.  In the past, I’ve re-painted it in colors I love; sometimes with words or symbols that mean something to me.  Basically, I re-painted it just to make it look better.

This week I decided that I’d re-paint my walking stick on my birthday.  And I decided to make the process a little less random in another way ~ each year I’m going to re-paint my walking stick with reminders of how I want to live into the coming year.

THIS year, I chose my favorite colors:  purple, teal and green.  I also chose my LEAST favorite color ~ orange.  I placed 12 orange dots at the bottom of the stick ~ one for each month of the year/ and at the bottom ~ on purpose.   I also chose to have no words or symbols this time.

Here’s what I want my walking stick to remind me this year:

  • I get to pick SOME things in life ~ even if they’re lessons;
  • The purple will remind me to feel strong;
  • The teal will remind me to compromise (don’t ask me why, it just will);
  • The green will remind me that growth is happening all the time;
  • And the orange will remind me that what’s happening isn’t always what I’d prefer, but I get to decide how I roll with it.

Oh!  And here are a few before and after pix:

This was a FUN new ritual experiment ~ one that I’ll continue.

What new rituals have you begun lately?