Filling what’s empty and emptying what’s full.
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

I have spent a year contemplating full and it has been a wise use of my time! I used Mary Oliver’s Summer Day as my starting point, and particularly these lines:

Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

And so I began… thinking about how to fill my days and, more specifically, what to fill them with!

It soon became apparent to me that being full was a thing in flux…full, filling, empty. Full is not a “one and done” concept and that in order to appreciate full – I needed emptiness as well.

And, likewise, I quickly learned that there was little to appreciate in being “overly full.” Leaving space for more enhanced full…tremendously.

And so the sweet spot of filling became a thing I thought about every day… not just the filling, but the things I filled my day with!

But this does not end my journey with full… I will continue on and I am so excited about how full will fit with my new word for 2023!

I want to thank Carolyn for her continued inspiration in the power that a word can do for your days, weeks, months, and yes… years!

See you back here on Wednesday as I unravel my year of reading!



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