Last night and early this morning the valley was astonishingly green. It even gave the atmosphere a green hue.
Abundance in verdant splashes where the unseasonal rain and sunlight conspired to accelerate natures growth. Of, well, everything.
The experience of being immersed in green light helped me reflect on the week and see where I need to go next.
Life, in all its fullness, invites us all. Whether we are at the beginning or end of our journey.
Today is the only now we have and we can choose to pay attention to what matters and let it grow in us. Or we can settle for a cycle of drift.
To begin is the connection between Peter Block’s assertion that The answer to how is yes and John O’Donohue’s challenge to recognise our capacity for self-neglect.
Giving ourselves permission and challenge to explore what really matters isn’t easy. It can either end up so conceptual that we don’t know what to do with it. Or we only see ourselves at a tiny moment in our lives.
I found the video from Yancey Strickler A Framework for Your Ultimate Self insightful in offering a more wholesome way to start exploring.
And, deep joy, because it’s Vimeo it’s 18 minutes ad-free…
The glorious green growth around the valley had to start from somewhere. Seeds dispersed by the wind and birds, that found their fertile space and did their thing. Abundantly.
Green light signals go
If you’re like me, you might enjoy the exploring and musing on possibilities a little too much.
I like beginnings, but I need to take the next step.
And that’s where the other insight from the green light becomes important. At least to me.
We do need to move. To step forward. And that can be a challenge if we want it all mapped out.
I’m continuing to discover that life and the world simply aren’t like that. Slow, I know…
And therefore our fear of making a mistake, or getting it wrong, doesn’t mean we forfeit the right to an abundant life.
This is a whole wide open space, not a tightrope.
Over the week I’ve been walking with David Whyte‘s poem Start Close In. It’s a great travelling companion, read it all if you can.
Here are the first two verses
Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
you don’t want to take.
Start withDavid Whyte, Start Close In – first two verses, Essentials, Many Rivers Press, 2020
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
way to begin
Start close in. The green light signals go.
Let’s take our first step. And then the next.
Venturing out to become who we were created to be.
And act on what really matters.
Thanks for reading
- Monday: New life
- Tuesday: Surprising abundance
- Wednesday: Yes, not how!
- Thursday: What really matters?
- Friday: Emerging, but not alone