- Of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
- Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold
This is a word I came across recently thanks to Marianne Cantwell from Free Range Humans and as she pointed out it fits perfectly to this time of year. We’re coming up to New Year, but after Christmas it sort of feels like the year’s finished already and there’s a week in limbo. You’re full up after a couple of days of eating, the shops don’t seem too appealing after the pre-Christmas present buying and it’s too early to try out the new habits that you have planned for next year.
The feeling of ambiguity doesn’t sit well with most of us, but perhaps it’s something we should work on, especially given the unpredictable and quick changing world that we live in. After all, they say opposites attract so one man’s good is another man’s bad; decisions made today can be seen in a different light tomorrow and establishing how we react to unplanned events is a great way to learn. And things can be both right and wrong.
This is a great time of year to reflect on the past year, and hopefully for all it’s been a good year. It’s good to have some quiet(er) time to give ourselves a slap on the back, even if it hasn’t all gone to plan, even if we think we shouldn’t be celebrating (doesn’t come easy to mark our own successes) and even if it seems as if no-one else recognises what we’ve done. It can be all about you right now: those small/big things that put a smile on your face, that other people hate doing, but that you love. And it’s OK to say that you don’t know – what’s been the best things, what’s next. Pick something. It’ll be right.
But how does that fit in with how I’m feeling today? Perhaps it’s an indication to create more balance – usually I’m a busy little bee but for this week, I shan’t make any lists of things to do and shan’t worry if my day consists of reading, cooking, eating and music with nothing much to show at the end of the day. I feel as if I should be reviewing my past year and making plans for the next but right now I think I just need to sit and wait it out for a few more days. Watching, listening, feeling, sensing and being a liminal me.
Happy New Year!