We’re all authors We’re all authors. Our minds are always writing stories. Oh, the drama that goes on in there! Mostly we don’t even realize the pen is at work. But those habitual patterns of thought, those beliefs we hold and assumptions we make, pour out to fill chapters in our book. Amusing, lighthearted stories, stories of danger and fear, stories of hate and love, sadness and happiness. Endless themes for our fickle minds. The novellas we love - and those we hate – shaped by our engagement in the world. It all comes to us in a rush - what people say, how something makes us feel, our basic human needs - and we scurry to scribble out our truths onto the page where everyone can see them.
A New Chapter Opens
The air is filled with the richness of possibility
A special kind of freedom stretches before you
May you be filled with hope about the experiences ahead
May you embrace the opportunities that walk into your path
May you move with grace as you dance with the unfamiliar
May you step confidently as you engage in new adventures
May you find wisdom in even the most unexpected places
Be awake and curious, open and unattached
Listen to your heart as it whispers your dreams
Know that you are enough, just as you are
Trust everything to unfold beautifully
Step boldly into a future that is uniquely yours
Intentionally create the memories which will write the story of your life
I wrote this poem for my husband when he retired in January. Today the words seemed so fitting when I replaced the “you”‘s with “I”‘s and “me”‘s. While I wrote these words for a special occasion, it seems like a little prayer that can be used any day – because we always have a chance to start anew – this moment, this day, this week, this month, this year – not just this milestone, to be intentional about what we want to create and about the choices we make and actions we take.
* I took this photo in Sicily, somewhere on our drive around Piazza Armerina. I picked it because it’s one of Jim’s favorite landscape shots from the trip.