“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin
How many of us meander through life halfheartedly hoping for change or for something to happen that will enliven our everyday existence? Perhaps we long for something or someone to do it for us? Never feeling courageous enough to initiate change for ourselves, so we don’t have to take a risk or the rap if it all goes wrong. But what if we couldn’t go wrong? What if taking action today on something we desire to have happen was in itself getting it right, whatever the outcome!
Whilst I know on an intellectual level that my time on earth is finite and that I should ‘seize the day’, its easy for this stark truth to get buried under the weight of daily practicalities. Yet increasingly my days are interrupted by moments of beauty…a falling into reverie for this gift of Life.
Submit yourself to the risk of true being ~ John O’Donohue
The year got off to a slow start as far as setting my intentions for 2019. My mind had mostly felt crowded with work commitments, the plight of the UK’s relationship with the European Union, along with a hundred and one other distractions.
Life is a constant journey of creating and letting go.
Change permeates our every breath. The undulating movement of inhalation and exhalation is our constant companion. The changing levels of sunlight reaching the Earth as it revolves around the Sun means the luminous light of summer gives way to the cool lustre of autumn and dark days of winter; an eternal cycle of rest and renewal. Continue reading “A Soulful Life”
Creating a thriving garden requires motivation, imagination and patience and invites us to work alongside nature, catering to the individual needs of the plants. Do they prefer full sun or partial shade, acid or alkaline soil? Once suitable plants are chosen and soil preparation and planting completed, we can sit back and wait. Continue reading “Transformation Through Change”
In gratitude for this life and as a feast for your heart I wanted to share a song with you today, In These Arms, A Song For All Beingsby Canadian born artist Jennifer Berezan, as it touches me on many levels.
An unexpected treasure revealed on the journey of Clutter Clearing has been to reconnect with my previous passion for gardening. I am as excited as a young child on Christmas Eve at the recent acquisition of an allotment. It requires self-discipline not to spend all day everyday, tilling the soil on my small patch of Mother Earth as I invariably come home tired, yet enlivened with a smile on my face and joy in my heart.
Recently I have been reflecting and writing about my life for a creative project. I spent yesterday evening sitting on my lounge floor surrounded by old photographs, being transported back in time. It was a fun activity though tinged with some sadness and regret. Perhaps regret is too strong a word and even sadness does not capture what I was feeling. Rather, it was a sense of acknowledging roads not travelled.