“There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And, there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally, of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.”
~ Chogyam Trungpa
This has been a week of great reminders. I am staying out on my friend’s farm, where I get to watch closely the cycles of nature. Here, in Oregon, spring is on it’s way. The robins have returned. The daffodils are blooming. The pussywillows are beginning to bud. The cherries are blossoming. And, my personal springtime favorite, daphne is filling the air with the scent of the coming spring.
Each of us, like everything in nature, is a part of the natural cycle of things. As winter comes to a close, we enter the perfect time to cultivate and create, to give birth to new ideas and ventures.
Many people I have talked to recently have seen significant changes in their lives over this past year. Many of them (maybe you?) have experienced times that have felt cold, cutting and empty. They’ve had to make difficult choices. Yet, even in the face of these challenges, many of them have remained optimistic and open to the opportunities that come with change.
As we return to spring, I invite you to embrace the possibilities that lie before you and be ready to create something new and exciting for yourself so that you continue to experience the flourishing and abundance that is a natural part of cycle of all living things.
What will that mean for you? What would you like to give birth to this spring? What do you need to change in order for that to happen? And, most important of all, what is the first step to take in making that change? Be willing to take the first step and follow that with another, and another…. Then, be ready to embrace and enjoy what you have created for yourself.
Wishing you something wonderful to smile about in 2010 —
Small Business Coach