it’s a brand new year

I hope the year is happy, wherever you are…

I have no resolutions, just lots of hopes that this year will be different to the last – and a commitment to living as though it will be.

Christmas in the prison was hard. It’s a sad place this year, sadder than normal, but the service was lovely and the men were appreciative. We needn’t have done the service really – they just loved that people were in there on christmas day, and that they could talk to someone about who they missed or the difficult phone call they’d just had with their mother or their children. Guided meditation worked best with this year’s group – i suspect because it meant there was enough silence for those who couldn’t understand what we were talking about. Every year I remember that creating silence is actually one of the hardest tasks when curating spaces – how carefully we have to shape it in order for it to be safe, and how every word that surrounds it has to be crafted to not expect too much from those we invite into it.

One of the men told me during advent that i was too hopeful, which i’m sure will amuse many of you…

On my desk when i returned this morning was this gorgeous book, that i first heard about through this website, which i think was far and away my favourite website for 2011. The book has given me a first idea for the fringe festival space we’ll do this year… and another idea for the commission for mission staff gathering, and still one more for our communication strategy this year… it’s been worth it’s price already.