Eclectic Corner #3 Resolutions
Photography & Personal Development
Today’s Eclectic Corner #3 is again something different. The idea being that fortnightly I rotate different genres to give everyone who has different passions the opportunity to indulge at any one time.
I would also like to give a huge thanks to all of you who took the brave plunge to embrace the Eclectic Corner #2 Decadence Event, I was stunned by the variety of entries and artistry in both photography and words. You can still pop by to see the entrants via the InLinkz page here: Decadence InLinkz Page
This week I have focused on the word “Resolution(s)” which seems apt for this time of the year.
Religious origins of New Year’s Resolution
- The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.
- The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.
- In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.
- At watchnight services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions.
- A religious parallel is during Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. People may act similarly during the Catholic fasting period of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility, in fact the practice of New Year’s resolutions partially came from the Lenten sacrifices. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self improvement annually.
I would like to invite you to work with the word Resolution(s) even if you do not participate in taking on a New Year’s Resolution for yourself, perhaps it has some meaning to you, or you might have an opinion about it even if you find it a negative rather than positive experience, which I know some people do.
This weeks challenge I would like to engage you in the following:
- Please tell us what your Resolution(s) are, just one or two words, ie lose weight, be happier etc etc as your title.
- For the photographer in you, working with the word(s) you have chosen above and the word Resolution(s), please shoot a picture that captures all of this in your mind and will visualize this to others.
- Optional Extra – for the writer in you, I would like to invite you to elaborate on your choice of Resolution(s). A personal reflection or development in why you made that choice(s), what it means to you, how you aim to accomplish it, a story behind it. Anything that gives more depth and something personal that we as readers would love as an insight in to your plans for improvement in the year ahead.
Personally I am really excited to see what changes people wish to make in their lives or in their world around them.
Please find below my entry for this week.
Written also for Writing 201: Longform Personal Reflections
My resolution is:
This photograph was taken with a camera phone and edited in Photoscape. It was already blurry, giving the real indication that that moment in time was hectic, crowded and fast paced and it really was, I was in Leicester Square, totally overdoing it and not listening to my body, milling amongst the crowds, living the fast paced life. I played with the luminescence then added a fake, tilt, shift (never known what that is, just like the effects) and made it black and white with another little play with shading.
Optional Extra – Why Pacing?
In this modern fast paced world it is easy to get swept away with the frenetic speed that life seems to exist at. I have always been a doer, sitting on the sidelines and watching people amble along used to send me insane. I would be a bish, bang, bong person, my motto was “if you want to get something done, do it yourself.”
Three or so years ago, life took on a dramatic change for me, most of you will know about this, but to cut it short, my back went and three times, I ended up being bedridden for months on end and unable to walk. I also ended up being medicated, at one stage on 20+ tablets a day, this takes it’s toll on your body.
Inbetween these bouts of being in bed and spinal injections, I had to rehabilitate, if anyone has had to do this, it is normally a very slow process. Being in bed was hard, I have two young children and if affected them deeply, still does in fact and having not been in the area long, it affected me in multiple ways, even on a friendship level, having not established deep rooted connections.
As such it also became quite an isolating experience.
There was a huge amount of fear attached to moving, because my muscles would go in to spasm which I can only describe as feeling like someone ripping my muscles apart. It also felt like I had woken up from being hit by something all over.
So bit by bit I would go downstairs for small periods, do small things around the house, then venture eventually outside. My challenge was to get to the letterbox at the bottom of the road, that I photographed the other day in my Messenger of Christmas Tidings post.
This I all achieved, slowly two or three times, then had set-backs and ended up back in bed. I don’t want that to happen again, though I know some of it is out of my control, some of it is not.
Pacing is a huge part of a lot of people’s recovery, to learn not to take on too much, not to be a doer, to stop, reflect on what ‘really’ needs to be done. To listen to one’s body, just because you feel good one day, don’t go overboard, because normally one will pay the next day.
I have done this time and time again. I am also an enthusiastic person, so I get swept away with the moment, I forget that I have responsibilities, as in being responsible for taking charge of my body, because now I have to. My body will stop me in a far more severe way if I don’t listen and just stop myself.
So, I need to work out my pacing, commit to it and practise it.
With this Resolution, I am also reading a Mindfulness book. Some of you will know this already if you read It’s a Lonely Place (which chronicles some of my chronic pain issues). I am finding this reading material amazing so far. At chapter four, one starts an 8 week course of Mindfulness and after 8 weeks, I am booked to go to St Georges Hospital for a 3 week Pain Management Course.
Woohoo I have actually planned something correctly for a change. So, I ‘need’ to stick to this and hope by the end of it all in a three months time, my personal development of managing my pain will be more improved.
I have come on leaps and bounds from three years ago, but one also has to learn to be grateful and having the chronic pain has forced me to slow down and with this has come some benefits.
When you think your’e not going to get to see the outside again, something marvellous happens. Well it did for me. My appreciation of Mother Nature became exhilarating and unexpected, such a surprise. I would walk out and see and marvel at things I never noticed before, this is still with me, a blessing I think.
The thing is, one doesn’t have to have an illness to slow down, we all could do with slowing down a bit and actually being ‘present’ in our lives rather than being a passenger that just gets swept along day by day.
That is my Resolution!
© Justine Nagaur Eclecticoddsnsods.com
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