let’s go back a couple of weeks. I read a lot of blogs, mostly food and various others as a means of relaxation, education and inspiration. Several blogs I follow have championed the idea of ‘one little word’ being a word to insert into your year for whatever track someone would want to go down, words like peace, joy, drama – well, maybe not drama. I don’t go in much for resolving and was fairly interested to consider our year in review to see where we’ve been looking through old posts and photos. Last year ended with something of a whimper. Haven’t been so cheered by the thought of a turned calendar page in many years. But where am I going? I’m not always sure and often find myself blown along by the next adventure. I tried to think of a word and was buffeted by the ideas more than words. There are so many things I want to do, see, be. So, there is it. Refine. We can be refined and purified and changed. I can refine my habits, my surroundings, myself. I can consider. I don’t need to bust out an answer just because one is asked for. I can refine relationships, my overflowing inbox and my eating habits. I can be refined in how I act, think and pray. So, in this year, I was to practice discardia and knock off a few of those rough edges and be purified in the process.
Wikipedia says refining (also called affining) is the process of purification of a (1) substance or a (2) form. The term is usually used of a natural resource that is almost in a usable form, but which is more useful in its pure form.