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Candlemas Pledges

From the Living in Season Newsletter, 1/22/07:

I always take the month of January off, to dream about what I want to do for the new year. Then on Candlemas, I make a pledge, a solemn promise to undertake some year-long activity that will deepen my connection with nature and spirit or expand my creativity. (Read more here.)

In previous years, I've promised to take one day off, to take photographs on all the seasonal holidays, to write a haiku a day. I wrote about some of my previous pledges in my newsletter last year.

If you feel inclined, I invite you to make a pledge for the year and make it public by posting it here. Your pledges will be visible all year so you can remind yourself of what you pledged. Also other people will know of your pledge, which may offer an extra measure of accountability.

When thinking of what you want to pledge, look first for something you've already decided, without even realizing you've done so. I suggest making only one pledge. A long list can be overwhelming; one pledge helps make your priorities crystal clear.

May you enjoy the opportunity to start the new year fresh,
Waverly Fitzgerald

Email us with your Candlemas Pledge and we will post it here.

February 9, 2007
Freckles & Me write:

I pledge to keep my newly discoverd inner child safe from all harm. I will hold her hand, dance with her in puddles of rain; wish with her on stars. We will cuddle and color trees, apple blossom pink, if we choose to. No longer will she be afraid of laughing, smiling, hugging. We have finally found each other, once more, after 72 years of being hidden away. We are truly blessed.

February 2, 2007
Tasha Halpert writes:

I pledge to get my second book going, to work on it steadily, and to have it finished by this time next year. (My first book was Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life.)

January 31, 2007
Carole in Vancouver BC writes:

I am a photographer living in a new city with a new camera which I haven't used because of all sorts of undefined and defined fears and uncertainties. My pledge is to take at least one photograph a day with this camera and to allow a story to develop from Candlemas 2007 to Candlemas 2008.

January 31, 2007
Lisa writes:

I pledge this year 2007 to honoring my own heart. Fulfilling its wishes and pursuing its dreams, May my words and actions live in harmony and honor in gratitude the vibration of my heart.

January 24, 2007
Trish from the UK writes:

I pledge to start living intentionally — and as a practical step towards that I pledge once a month to evaluate what I am currently doing in my life and how that relates to my goals

January 26, 2007
Barbara from Minneapolis writes:

Every day I will do something nice for someone I don't know.

January 22, 2007
Fred of Frog Hospital writes:

I pledge to write a book. It will be a story. I will write a book like the kinds of books I like to read. I expect some of this bookwriting will be difficult, so I pledge to maintain a steady attitude and just keep a goin' until it's done.

January 22, 2007
Isabel writes:

I pledge to be true to my Self. To allow the divine flow to move through me and create works of art and healing. To let go. Surrender.

January 22, 2007
Julie in the valley of the Shenandoah and the shadow of the Massanutten writes:

I pledge to make visible my hidden gift of bridging worlds.

January 22, 2007
Mary-Carmen writes:

My pledges for this year:

One — which I've already started to do — is meditating every day and making it a part of my daily routine;

Another is to work in my blog all year and make it a worthy represtentation of my Wiccan faith.

So mote it be!!!

January 22, 2007
Joanna from Washington state writes:

I started working on my Gaian Tarot in February 2001. I'm now into my seventh year. I'm not sure I would have taken on the project if I'd known it would take so long, so it's probably a good thing I didn't know!

I pledge to finish the artwork for the deck this year. So shall it be!


What is your Candlemas Pledge?

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