I've been doing this for five years now, and it's a very interesting process. Generally, the things experienced and learned for a given word-concept are ongoing, that is, it's not like the moment the calender swings over, everything to do with that word-concept just stops. It's more like planting seeds, which grow into plants, which keep growing and blossoming and bearing fruit, although the focus changes to some new plant.
In our Western culture, SURRENDER has often been synonymous with LOSING. As in, poor you, you gave in, you gave up, you great big LOSER. Wars are created because the parties involved just couldn't let go, forgive, give in, release.
Surrendering is never seen as winning, in this way of looking at things. Non-resistance is seen as weakness, along with gentleness and passivity. The concepts of honour and saving face rule over all. People are more afraid of losing than of dying horribly and violently.
In 2013 instead of being caught up in what could be, what should be, or holding on to shouldas, couldas and wouldas, I'm simply going to attempt to surrender more to what is. An alternative word could have been acceptance, but acceptance is done superficially each and every day. To surrender seems more profound and purposeful, which is precisely why I need to do it more often.
"If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments"
~~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
|This photo was taken at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney in 2008 and made into a Scrapblog.|
The artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir from Iceland called the sculpture "Presence"