For a new beginning

In out-of-the-way pla­ces of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wan­der,
This begin­ning has been quiet­ly forming,
Waiting until you were rea­dy to emerge.

For a long time it has wat­ched your desi­re,
Feeling the emp­ti­ness gro­wing insi­de you,
Noticing how you wil­led yourself on,
Still unab­le to lea­ve what you had outgrown.

It wat­ched you play with the seduc­tion of safe­ty
And the gray pro­mi­ses that sameness whis­pe­red,
Heard the waves of tur­moil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your cou­ra­ge kind­led,
And out you step­ped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with ener­gy and dream,
A path of ple­nitu­de ope­ning befo­re you.

Though your desti­na­ti­on is not yet clear
You can trust the pro­mi­se of this ope­ning;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of begin­ning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spi­rit to adven­ture;
Hold not­hing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul sen­ses the world that awaits you.

by John O’Donohue