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For a New Beginning by John Donahue

“In out-of-the-way places of the heart,

Where your thoughts never think to wander,

This beginning has been quietly forming,

Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness grow inside you,

Noticing how you willed yourself on,

Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety

And the grey promises that sameness whispered,

Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,

Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,

And out you stepped onto new ground,

Your eyes young again with energy and dream,

A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not clear

You can trust the promise of this opening;

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning

That is one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;

Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;

Soon you will be home in a new rhythm

For your soul senses the world awaits you.”

This poem was recently shared by Sedona Women’s Institute where I was trained as a retreat facilitator, and it really spoke to me.  It spoke to me of the way, we as women, hold on to ideas and life choices that offer us a feeling of safety, even after we’ve outgrown them.  We hold on until “the grey promises that sameness whisper” to us and we finally heed the call.  This poem speaks of the “promise of this opening” as we step “onto new ground” and our eyes are “young again with energy and dream”.  I’ve found that so true in my own life.  There are times in my life when I have held on tightly to the symbolic side of the pool for safety, even when the blue water lapped and called to my soul to come swim to its gentle waves.  When I finally took a deep breath and let go of what no longer served me, I was greeted with renewed energy and enthusiasm.  How about you?  What is calling to your soul?  As the poem says, “the world awaits you”.

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