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For a New Beginning

For a New Beginning

For a New Beginning

Hold nothing back; learn to find ease in risk has been my favorite line from John O’Donohue’s poem For a New Beginning forever, and the poem itself (below) a resonant guide to the experience of deep, deep unfolding into a new life. I’ve also included here lines inscribed in marble in the garden of Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, MA: 

In spite of illness, even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things and happy in small things. – Edith Wharton

May these wisdoms guide my opening into retirement, and any of your life transitions now:

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

To Bless the Space Between Us

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