As we start the cycle once again, we begin moving through the winter. It is cold and/or rainy for a reason. It is to get us focused inside, away from the distractions out there, which continually bid for attention. As we go inside our homes, they too, are filled with distractions: the tv, the radio, things to read, and people who would like to talk. And, if we go even further inside––inside ourselves––even here we are confronted with distractions: all of the unfinished business of living is right there in our faces, reminding us of all that “needs” yet, to be dealt with.
It is an amazing time to be alive! More people than ever are asking questions which demand answers of depth. Veils which have lulled many into sleepful living are being released and lifted. And it is fitting that we are closing this year on such awakenings.
Every thought that comes to us; every picture, movie, song, tv program, or conversation we choose to partake in; makes a comfy place within us, to draw more of the same to us. It's not complicated-- what we choose to surround ourselves with, both internally and externally, is the matter from which we create our lives.
Have you ever tried to maintain your balance, while walking on a narrow cement curb? That feeling of being pulled to the right and then to the left is kind of like Life.
To journey from that darker road demands constant vigilance on the way we view our changing circumstances and the very thoughts we dwell upon. It is all about choice.
I was reading through some pages in a book I found, ZEN and the Art of Making a Living––a practical guide to creative career design, by Laurence G. Boldt. The author offers some solid, make-sense solutions regarding finding your job, your work, your purpose. In taking on this life quest, that seems to elude many people, the author suggests that you: look at your strengths...pay attention to activities, skills, chores, and projects that light your fire, stir your enthusiasm....and see how life has prepared you.
Have you ever become so connected to the constant demands being asked of you that you were not prepared for the time when they stopped. When the work was done, did you stand there wondering what you should do next?
When we look back over our lives, we can many times see how one challenging incident may have lead us to exactly where we needed to be. We grew from the experience and was better prepared for the rest of our life that was to come.
...Shakespeare has such a way with words. They stir up powerful visuals, which never become shopworn from over use.
As we travel through the journey of Life, we continually release one cycle, as we prepare to begin the next. The seasons reflect different aspects of our own personal cycles.