You can trust the promise of this opening

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
Thank you to Rebecca Woolf, on whose beautiful blog, Girls’ Gone Child, I first discovered this poem.

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  1. Posted January 31, 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I love this.

  2. Posted February 1, 2014 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Ahh, balm to my soul. Thank you for sharing this. I LOVED it!

  3. Posted February 13, 2014 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Oh, this. I needed this. Love Rebecca at GGC!

  4. Hilary
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    Arrived in my box the day my husband of 17 years and I decided to divorce. Much like my beautiful horoscope from they day he proposed. A good run, but finally realized we weren’t fighting a winning battle to stay together.

    admin Reply:

    I am so sorry to hear this. I hope there’s some resolution in having made a decision, and wish you strength and peace in this next season. xox