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Walking the park path today, which so often seems new rather than usual, I was reflecting on how many times during my years in education I observed the growth, hatching, and release of butterflies in the month of May…joyful in sending them off to freedom, wings taking them to who knows where, nourished by nature and hopefully, in whatever way happens for butterflies, knowing they were now in their full, fragile, glorious, gentle beauty.  Always, I felt a moment of awe, not only for the butterflies but in watching the eyes of children as they said their goodbyes and observed the gorgeous creatures take flight.  There was a palpable sense of pride, the children understanding they had done their job well in caring for and feeding they mystical, magical chrysalises…bring them to the birthing.

I began to mull a blog about my own chrysalis, or at least to probe the question of where my wings are taking me in this new month of May…to where am I ready to fly? And then I came across this poem by John O’Donahue, a current favorite author, and it says all I would have wanted to say today.  It is too beautiful to keep to myself.

For A New Beginning

In out of the way places of the heart

Where you 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 grow 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 on to new ground

Your eyes young again with energy and dream

A path of plentitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not clear

You can trust the promises of this opening

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning

That is one with your life’s desire

Awaken your spirit of 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’Donahue

Here’s to flying…beautiful, glorious flying

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