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#26 ~ devotion

January 3, 2016
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devotion (©Paul Kamm)

I didn’t have to search for it. My word for the year just came to me, and with it, a host of lovely synonyms in its wake. Devotion. Well, devotion––minus the religious connotations––holding hands with dedication, fealty, loyalty, commitment, fortitude and constancy.

In the past I have labored over what it might be for me, that word that embodies all I want to do with my intentions in the year ahead. But this year, it came floating to me like an errant leaf, late falling on a winter’s breeze. It resonated deep within and because it came with an entourage I felt like a farmer with acres and acres of fertile, unblemished land spread before me all waiting for me to plant an endless bounty.

So I start my new cycle, this new year, with the sowing of seeds of intention, digging deeply into this dark, rich soil.  It begins with a renewed Devotion and dedication to loving. To magic. And to beauty.



chalice well, glastonbury





And writing – something I failed so miserably at conjuring last year. A block is no joke, it is a deep, dark hole that any creative soul can fall into and in my case is called ‘writer’s block’, and it is real.  And it sucks.  I banish it now with a loyalty to work, those further and continual efforts to paint with words from a palette-full of color.





and more words ...

and more words …


And then there is Fealty. A deep and resonant fealty to my love/partner/mate, to family and those dear ones who love me as I am whether broken or whole; to those who love the animals and celebrate empathy, truth and compassion; to those who will be happy for me when I succeed, and cry with me in my sadness, who try to pick me up when I fall, and push me hard to continue to explore the vast continents of my interior and to walk onward along the path to becoming the best I can possibly be.

Those beloveds who allow me, in all of that vulnerability, to do the same for them.

Loyalty. Loyalty to my path. And to the greater good. To honesty, integrity, goodness, caring, loving––to kindness and empathy, to staying awake with eyes and ears and heart attentive to the big world around us, to laughter, to weeping buckets when I’m overflowing, to connection, to speaking up and speaking out (loudly!), to celebrating beauty and color, and to a nurturance of the evolution of soul and spirit, my own and that of others.





there is a world...

there is a world…





Commitment.  To continuing to wield light, through music.

Commitment to seeing the glass half full.

And to the voiceless ones, who really are my reason for being. The animals. Commitment to doing what I can to ease the burden of suffering for those in need of compassion and caring, of rescue and respite.


Dear Ouranos

Dear Ouranos



the grande dame

Commitment to honoring those others who continue to do the hard and mostly thankless work attending to the emergent needs of those barely surviving untenable lives in the shadows; those caring for the pets of the homeless, animals who act as angels for the people of the streets whose only tether left to any comfort in this life is a beloved dog or cat companion; those pulling the newborn kits and pups from garbage bins, or flimsy boxes set in the cold rain along busy streets, those rescuing dogs from a brutal existence of abuse, abandonment, fighting, life at the end of a cold chain; those earthly angels whose hearts have been broken over and over again yet they continue on, continue giving, helping, trying to make a better life and a better world for those left behind.  (I have always held that, were humans to collectively realize that the other beings we share this glowing, gorgeous orb with––the animals, the trees, the waters, the land––all require and deserve our recognition, our action, our honor and caring, then the world’s ills would resolve. And so it goes…)





but who rescued who?  (©Paul Kamm)


Fortitude. The fortitude to walk my path ahead in constancy, through dark and light with no time or inclination to curl into a ball and sink to the bottom of the well. Life now is too short for that.

Dedication, fealty, loyalty, commitment, fortitude… in action, together they reduce down and distill to a fine and pure constancy of devotion.

I am good with that! Right?

Do you have a ‘word for the year’? If so, do try to hold it close, in honor of its gift. When 2016 comes to pass, I would love to hear what your word was and how it served you. Or, how you served it.

Spreading my wings now…  With love and light, and hopes that your year ahead is graced by all that is good,


all that trails behind

all that trails behind


all photos ©EleanoreMacDonald except for those taken by Paul Kamm.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. Cervinka, Richard permalink
    January 3, 2016 5:26 pm

    Wow.thats heavy stuff…but youARE good at it!! Wish u all the best with all your goals,and…writing! Xox,rich

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  2. cynthiasays permalink
    January 3, 2016 6:09 pm

    Excellent, again. Very inspiring!

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  3. driver49 permalink
    January 3, 2016 6:19 pm

    Eleanore, is this your photo?

    It’s fantastic.



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  4. Dana Sherwood permalink
    January 3, 2016 6:50 pm

    Who rescued who?!? A reminder that we, and all around us have spirits that can enrich and help to take us out of the swirling circle of every day life…….. Your attention to the basics: devotion, commitment, loyalty, and fortitude ring true and a basic reminder of the way to a satisfied mind……… Thanks for putting it into words…..

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  5. Cecyl permalink
    January 3, 2016 7:53 pm

    Thank you Eleanore! Beautiful writing and intention.Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. Paul Kamm permalink
    January 3, 2016 8:17 pm

    It is so good to hear your voice again come flying off the page and into my heart. For the heart is where your words emanate from. It is a bit easier to not cave in to life’s travails when the bravery of a true heart is speaking.

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  7. Caroline permalink
    January 3, 2016 10:51 pm

    Beautifully phrased Eleanore, I love the layers and depths of you.

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  8. Caroline permalink
    January 3, 2016 11:37 pm

    Beautifully phrased Eleanore, with concepts that reflect the depth and complexity of your beautiful self.


  9. January 4, 2016 12:10 am

    Eleanore, if these are the words of a person who is having a creative writing block then your power of prose sans block would be awesome! This post is of incredible beauty! So beautiful!

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    • January 4, 2016 12:24 am

      Just read aloud your wonderful post to Jeannie. She was as moved by the preciousness of your prose as I was. Would you grant me permission to republish it in full over on Learning from Dogs? Including the photographs?

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      • January 4, 2016 12:20 pm

        Paul, thank you so much for your kind words! Of course! I would be honored and grateful if you republished (photos too …) this piece on Learning From Dogs. Again, thank you.

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  10. Cindi Buzzell permalink
    January 4, 2016 10:12 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful insights and Inspirations! Your words speak to the ver essence of my heart!

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  11. Chris "Sita" permalink
    January 4, 2016 12:57 pm

    Dear Eleanore, Your words and the spirit behind them feeds my heart and endless desire to fall into devotion. My word is Gratitude and also devotion and I will be falling endlessly more into them … Thank you for your words! And we are getting a much needed and nourishing winter here in the Santa Cruz Mts. I am so loving it and reading your words this rainy winter day… Blessings and Love to you and to Paul… really want to see and hear your voices again one of these fine blessed magical life giving days… be well Chris ( Ram Dass my teacher just gave me the name “Sita” ) falling into that name is falling into devotion and graditude.. may it be so

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    • January 4, 2016 1:02 pm

      Thank you, Sita. We do hope to get back to your area to perform sometime this year and look forward to seeing you then!


  12. gingerartproductions permalink
    January 5, 2016 9:06 pm

    So well written – once again! The way you lace your words together make it so much more of a touching read. Thank you! I’ll be thinking of my word…


  13. Donna Natali permalink
    January 7, 2016 11:26 am

    Your blog is like a big ol hug from a very special lady. You share yourself from a depth not know to all however you gently take us there. Thank you dear friend. Beautiful is the perfect word.


  14. January 9, 2016 2:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing yourself in this exquisite piece of writing … I will re-read it often.



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