You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born. Fear not the strangeness you feel. The future must enter you long before it happens. Just wait for the birth, for the hour of new clarity. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
…the future waiting to be born…hmmm…something about that…
Rilke invites me to see that the future is here with us, right now, that we actually are carrying it through our days, giving it shape with each breath, each opening, each little invitation for a better world.
Some other inspiring Rilke quotes to invite perspective and possibility:
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
May my heart and mind be open May I see what is true May I have clarity of purpose and seek the greater good May I be kind and open with others, and myself May I be intentional in my choices and actions May I feel alive and filled with joy and gratitude May I be courageous in facing my fears May I have the strength to live in integrity with my values May I be filled with hope May I hold positive expectations and possibility May I move through my day with grace May I bring a calming heart presence to wherever I am
I first posted this poem on Mostly My Heart Sings in January 2017. I had forgotten about it until I was searching my blogs for posts that had been inspired by Rolf Gates (he inspired last week’s post). It still fits so beautifully and I feel invited to start my day with these intentions.
Honestly, I don’t recall when I wrote this poem. I have had many new beginnings, big and ever so small. I see the opportunity to start anew every day, even multiple times on a given day. Each time I notice a negative thought and choose another narrative to carry with me, I open to something new.
These small every day beginnings come from years of making time to be still. Every day. Time to simply be with myself. Sometimes I do a little exploring – reading and journaling about what’s important to me and how I want to move through the world, for example. This time of reflection invites clarity – sometimes profound (for me, anyway ;]) and sometimes so simple. And from this grounded place of insight, I am able to be intentional about my path forward, to make choices that support inspired action.
* I took this photo at sunrise in San Agustinillo, Mexico.