“Light precedes every transition. Whether at the end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door or the flash of an idea, it is always there, heralding a new beginning.”~~ Teresa Tsalaky, writer and journalist
Do you remember how it felt when you left high school or college and headed off to your first job?
I definitely remember that feeling of excitement for what was ahead and trepidation at not knowing what might be expected of me and if I was going to be able to make my way in the adult world.
It was a time of transition, one of many that I've experienced over the years.
I am again going through transition. I am stepping down from my role of leading a nonprofit Board of amazing women writers and through a portal to living a truly creative life. As I do so, I am prioritizing and honoring the creative impulse and letting the administrative and leadership skills that have served me so well all my life be in service to my own expression through the written word.
As with all transitions, I am having moments of anxiety, excitement, anticipation, sadness and exhaustion! I have found it is about being comfortable in the energy of where I was and not yet feeling settled in the energy of where I am headed; and realizing that it is up to me to set the energy of the new life I hope to lead.
I am reminded of the story of the Lotus. Transitions require the discomfort of the muddy water, of dealing with the muck just under the surface before exploding into full bloom.
My muddy water is where I find long-standing patterns that can throw me off course. Challenging patterns of thinking and behaving is always an uncomfortable process. But I know it is the only way I can emerge through the muck into the sunlight waiting above.
I invite you to think about the transitions in your own life. Maybe, like me, you are finding your way through the muddy waters. If so, remember that light surrounds every transition, heralding a new beginning as Teresa Tsalaky writes. It's a beautiful and hopeful sentiment that the light, glimpsed through the portal, awaits.
With love and continuing prayers for Ukraine and all who suffer,