The Ho‘ohana Story of Your Year

Yesterday I had promised to keep my posting light over the next few days, knowing that my Day 1 essay for October would give you enough to think about, and I want to keep my promise.

Ho‘ohana CommunitySo this is a heads up kind of pointer, intended to help those of you who will be taking on my Sweet Closure challenge within that essay, while remaining engaged in our learning initiatives over at Joyful Jubilant Learning, our ‘Ike loa-driven sister site.

In the very first section of yesterday’s October’s Ho‘ohana: Sweet Closure, I had written:

If I present another project study or value of the month for our community I do both concurrently (we invest in annual learning joys at JJL this month: “Anyone can light a candle”) because the background music of “Sweet Closure” has been so effective in coaching me to end the year well.

I think that “Anyone can light a candle” celebrates our 3rd blog birthday on Joyful Jubilant Learning in a way that opens a very convenient door to “Sweet Closure.”

Today, I have followed up there with a posting called, The Ho‘ohana Story of Your Year that I feel will complete this month’s beginning for us, serving to put our Ho‘ohana intentions with Sweet Closure into good motion.

If you would like to follow along, aligning the design of your Sweet Closure plan with mine, these are the three elements:

  1. Sweet Closure, as we talked about here yesterday: October’s Ho‘ohana: Sweet Closure
  2. Holiday Bookends, mentioned both here yesterday and a bit more explicitly as described on JJL today, and
  3. The Ho‘ohana Story of Your Year covered on JJL today (same post covering the Holiday Bookends).

We Ho‘ohana Kākou, together!

Let’s talk story if you have anything at all in this Sweet Closure process to share. The coming weekend gives us great opportunity with weaving this into our Weekly Review and Strong Week Planning (this Talking Story basic) as well.

Photo Credit: Photo Art by Patrick McDonald, on an original photo by Jason Nelson. When I looked for a photo to complement the posting at JJL, this one, called “Wonderment” seemed to be a good representation of grace to me, an important Ho‘ohanohano demeanor within my Ho‘ohana stories. Grace is one of my Twelve Aloha Virtues:

“Grace: This is one of my favorite words, and oddly, because I can’t define it well. However I don’t need to, because its goodness just is. I can only wish I feel it more, experience it more, and give it more. I once heard grace called “unmerited favor” and I love that. I want to be gracious, always.”


  1. says

    Hi Rosa, I too am a big fan of the word and state of Grace. Grace – it seems to me – is closely related to forgive and forgiveness. The definition I always list for forgive is to “give back the state of grace that existed ‘before’ whatever happened got in the way.” I often say that I hold so many “backward” (as in opposite of mainstream beliefs) ideas like that. I hold that there is nothing you can do to become trusted by me, but rather that trust is an active verb which is a gift given by the truster. Trust is one of the graces (I am certain that it is on your list without even looking!)
    .-= Kris Girrell ´s last blog ..The Quest In Questions =-.

    • Rosa Say says

      Thank you for sharing that Kris! I hadn’t thought of the connection between grace and forgiveness before, and as you described it, I thought to myself, “Yes, of course!”

      I do think that we can do much to be more trustworthy, however I understand what you mean about trust being something we are awarded/given by another versus a goal we attain, though I suppose we could call trustworthiness a fabulous state of grace!

      And you are right, trust is on my list of virtues :-)