As we sit at the precipice of a new year I share with you a poem written by the ever thoughtful and insightful John O’Donohue who passed away almost five years ago now. John lived his life with purpose and a seemingly uncanny connection with the truth of the universe. In his words I hope you find the truth that is your own.
Poem 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.
I hope that 2013 is filled with good health, happiness, gratitude, and blessings for you and those you hold dear.
Day one thousand two hundred and seventy-three of the new forty – obla di obla da