It’s Poetry Friday. In 2024 I aim to post more regularly – poetry is so integral not just to who I am as a writer, or as an educator, but as a person, and the Poetry Friday community is one I really love being part of.
I started the year, as I do most years, by choosing a word that will hopefully guide my actions this year. My Word for 2024 is PAUSE.
As you can see, I considered lots of other words, taking a while to select a word that really covered what I’m aiming for, but pause feels a good fit.
I plan to pause more to enjoy the small wonders in my everyday life. But also to pause to be more present when I encounter people who matter to me – family and friends. And, in moments of potential overwhelm, I want to remember to pause to breathe and refocus on what is truly important, and to consider how I’m going to meet a goal, or overcome a challenge.
It’s fitting too that pause is a homophone for paws, because George and Narelle both make sure I pause each day – George making sure I enjoy the great outdoors even on days I think I don’t feel like it, and Narelle reminding me that it is absolutely to just take a moment or three to sit and stroke a cat.
In honour of these two, I took a moment to draft a poem about what they bring to my days.
Tough days and rough days.
Happy days or sad days.
Is better when you paws.
(Sally Murphy, 2024)
In addition to a word, I have also spent some time this week setting some goals for my work year, and getting clear on what it is that really matters to me in 2024. And, although I will post about some of those goals in another post, I do keep coming back to wanting to slow down, take time, enjoy my furry friends and my human ones, and pause.