As I’ve mentioned recently, I’m looking down the barrel of more transition and change right now, more unknowns, more mists cloaking the future.
Hopes and dreams and longings and anxiety and wishes are all swirling around inside me. While parts of my core wish everything could stay exactly. as. it. is. right. now, when all is magic and smiles and growth and possibilities and flutterings and giggles, I also know that I can’t reach grander and greater and sweeter things unless I keep walking forward into the mist. Ups and downs, successes and failures, hugs and heartbreaks, triumphs and collapses. It’s all there, waiting, ahead.
I choose to believe that it will be wonderful, all of it, over and over again, no matter where I go, or stay, or come from, or return back to, or find myself.
Immediately after typing the above words, I found a poem by the incredible Rainer Maria Rilke that perfectly embodies the concept of not only embracing change, but running towards it with courage.
Change can be sweet.
Sonnets To Orpheus, Part Two, XII
By Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
Want the change. Be inspired by the flame
where everything shines as it disappears.
The artist, when sketching, loves nothing so much
as the curve of the body as it turns away.
What locks itself in sameness has congealed.
Is it safer to be gray and numb?
What turns hard becomes rigid
and is easily shattered.
Pour yourself like a fountain.
Flow into the knowledge that what you are seeking
finishes often at the start, and, with ending, begins.
Every happiness is the child of a separation
it did not think it could survive. And Daphne, becoming a laurel,
dares you to become the wind.