Andover, New Hampshire

For a New Beginning

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 growing 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 gray 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 yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at 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 that awaits you.

~John O’Donohue~

Highland Lake – New Hampshire

I love the change of seasons, and although each season brings with it great things,  I  have to say autumn is my favorite.  It’s a time when I am ready and eager to make changes in my life – big and/or small.  The crisp, cool air, the gorgeous colors of the leaves falling from the trees, and the memories of going back to school – these are the things that push me toward new beginnings.   Fall is a time of introspection, change and growth for me – maybe even more than the new year, this is when I look at my life and decide what I’ve outgrown and am ready to let go of.  I give my attention to the things that stir my soul and awaken my spirit.   It’s my time to “unfurl into the grace of beginning” and get comfortable in a new rhythm – ready for the adventures that await!

Lincoln Park seawall, Seattle, WA

What opening is waiting for you to step into that “is one with your life’s desires”?

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2 Responses to Beginnings

  1. carol Jennings says:

    totally agree, gorgeous photos SE,
    when would you like to come up this way???

  2. I feel the same way about fall, my most favorite time of year. Lovely post. Margie

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