The Grace Of Beginning

Change is definitely afoot – and not just for me.  So many of my friends are going through changes at the moment – small and incremenatal change, major change, and the type of massive and at times overwhelming change where you fear you will drown but survive to find yourself landed on new and unfamiliar shores.  Change can be less than totally easy, as it can involve loss, heartache and radical re-evaluation of who we are and what we are about.  My project 101, on Nurturing Me, is coming to a close, and I haven’t been blogging so much because of all the changes going on in my own life, as I’ve needed to cope with these and learn to accept a new way of being (all of which, I can report now, is good, as the lessons are what my soul has needed,a and I will share these soon..).

Accepting “what is” removes the anxiety, worry and fear around what we cannot change; a step beyond acceptance is to embrace change, knowing whatever happens, we will survive, thrive – and find our way home.  I read this blessing today from John O’Donohue and just wanted to share it with you, hoping you too will be encouraged by it..



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 promiss 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 new rhythm,

For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

© John O’Dononue

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