On December 7th I returned to Glastonbury Abbey to attend an Advent event. I've come full circle. I decided to again let the Abbey grounds inspire my word choice for 2014.
I had several words percolating in my mind the past several weeks but as I walked during a time set aside for quiet reflection, I came to a part of the property I hadn't visited the first time. There was the answer, illuminated in the soft and slanted December light - THRESHOLD. It seemed so appropriate.
At the end of the presentation, I spoke to the woman who had led the event. She said she had seen me photographing the stone sculpture. She and her husband had actually donated the stone to the abbey! In the warm months, streams of water fill the opening. I will definitely come back to photograph the water feature next year. I thought it was a lovely connection and made my choice seem even more special.
I encourage all of you to think about choosing a word for 2014, or let the word choose you in some way as I did at the Abbey. You can make it your annual year end ritual. My path began at Glastonbury Abbey but it doesn't end here. I pass through, cross over a new threshold into a new year and a new adventure. I hope you can join with me in 2014 to see where it all will lead.