|A few years ago, my husband Ross and I created a tradition of writing Haiku’s for each other… on anniversaries, birthdays or Christmas.
For those of you unfamiliar with what a Haiku is, it’s an ancient Japanese form of poetry that is made up of only three lines. Haiku poems rarely rhyme. The first line must have five syllables, the second line must have seven syllables, and the third line five syllables.
It’s such a splendid discipline (a bit like tweeting) in that it forces you to pare down your thoughts to just the essence.
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made with love from me to you
clock ticks.. finished.. phew!
As I looked out at the brilliant sunshine in my garden this morning, this one came to me:
No snow this Christmas
Feels like Spring or Summertime
Climate change is here
For the final Salon of the year last Saturday, I invited the group to each create a Haiku that summed up the most profound insights they’d had during 2015.
They were wonderful.
They then wrote them out on Christmas Cards, and sent them to themselves as a gift.
You must be the change
You want to see around you
The Secret? Presence!
It’s been such a rich year for me, and I hope for you too. Thank you for reading these musings.
Here’s a little Haiku advert for my next workshop (almost sold out) on 2 – 4 March 2016:
Life not full of joy?
Join us for He’Art of Thriving
Have a go at writing a Christmas Haiku yourself – it’s great fun. Kids love doing them too – in fact why not get the whole family involved?
And do send them to me. I’m prepared to give a workshop place (worth one thousand pounds) to the person who sends me the Haiku I consider to be the most creative, poignant, profound or funny.
I’ll end by saying:
So it’s Christmas time
This year comes to an end
Warm wishes to all