I’ve been reflecting on transitions as I observe my flowers in my gardens slowly returning to the earth for their winter slumber. I have to admit I’ve never been quick to accept transitions. It seems I just get used to the longer days of summer when we turn the clocks back and find ourselves immersed in more darkness. Then I find myself enjoying the cozy slower winter days when we once again turn the clocks forward. In the mornings upon awakening, my spirit is slow to return to my body having had a wonderful time traveling around the universe in the dream world. And when I watch my gardens slowly fading, I always feel a bit of sadness even though I know they will return again, once the clock moves forward an hour and more daylight calls forth the new life embedded in the seeds and tubers.
I am reflecting on other transitions we have in life. Some we find ourselves embracing wholeheartedly and others we cringe at the thought of possible loss such as when someone we love is getting ready to leave this earth or we are in the middle of a divorce. Some changes are much easier to embrace, such as a birth of a child or a new job we have been hoping to obtain.
In all of these transitions, however, have you noticed they rarely follow a straight course. Yes, the cycles of the seasons do, and the change from night to day. However, most things in our lives never follow a straight line. We might think they do, but if you observe on a deeper level what is occurring, you will see there were probably many twists and turns along the way.
For instance, creating a baby is pretty straight forward, in terms of the anatomy and physiology involved. However, the desire to have a baby, the ability to know you could care for a child, probably took time and life experience along the way. The new job you were wanting probably didn’t happen overnight. You gained momentum with reflecting on what you wanted, gaining confidence with other jobs, and perhaps you traveled to a new area of the country to obtain this job.
The reason I am writing about this is to bring our attention to the fact that obtaining the things we want in life requires a bit of finesse in maneuvering through the challenges that present themselves. For instance, as with a divorce, it might have taken years to finally realize this is what you want and to have the strength to follow it through. If you have a health crisis, often times it isn’t healed overnight, although I know for certain it can in some instances. However often it is a journey of self discovery that brings us back to health. We have our eye on the goal, good health, and then life proceeds to bring us down many diverse paths to obtain our goal as we listen to our intuition about what our bodies are needing.
The road to obtain our health might find us traveling to a new doctor, or trying a new treatment, herb, supplement. We might embrace yoga, meditation, more physical activity or realize we just need more adventure in our lives. If we were able to get from A to B quickly how fun would that be? Fun not in the traditional sense but in the more interesting sense that helps us to gain in depth and wisdom. It is these twists and turns in life that create color and vibrance to who we are as human beings.
If we can keep our eye on the goal, but allow our hearts and spirits to guide us along the way, we will most likely get to where we are going and with much more strength and power. In the meantime, embrace the journey and listen to the guidance of your heart. It might be suggesting you change your diet, or quit your job, or start your own business or take up a new exercise regime. All of this guidance is the journey. It is the twists and turns and ebb and flow of life. Along the way, you might fall down, trip, fall asleep, that is okay. But get right back up and keep your eye on the goal and still embrace the journey that is your life.
Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu shared “The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step”. Added to that step is another and another and another as your travel your way to your goals in life. There will be transitions from night to day, from health to sickness and back to health, from happiness to sadness and back to happiness. The key is to embrace the journey as you move forward. Just because you take a side road does not mean you are not on the path. The path of life embraces everything! All the joys and heartaches, all the ups and downs, all the light and darkness. If you ride the wave of the transition to the next wave of life, you will find yourself immersed in the power of all that is, of God, of Universal life force energy.
If you don’t fight the transitions but allow them to naturally occur, you will find yourself to be more at peace and you might just find that your goals were hidden in the colorful path you took along the way,