One Foot In. One Foot Out.
I’ve been going back and forth, trying to decide whether to tell you a really good story about a cosmic retrofit I had a few years back, or share the poem I wrote that grew out of that experience.
Both won out, hands down, but the poem should come first. It needs a week to do its job; to work its magic, to open the brain to new possibilities. And, as we move in and out (and seemingly in) again with this pandemic, any forward movement we can make is proof positive that even when we don’t know where we’re going, if we simply change the conversation we’re having inside our own head about ourselves, about our circumstance, our next step reveals itself.
I will tell you the story of what prompted this poem in the next blog. I promise. The shenanigans involved, the mischievousness, the savvy of a benevolent Universe intent on setting me straight, is impressive. Maybe even worth the wait.
For today, enjoy the poem. Then join the conversation!
Looking, watching breathlessly
For night to green the day,
When “Next” fans out before me
And clearly shows my way.
When the promise of the song I sing
Becomes the way I live,
When the lessons I am learning now
Become the gifts I give.
When my longing turns to Beauty
And unknowing quits my days,
When misgiving turns to confidence
And transfigures into praise.
When I call out for an answer
And know exactly what to do,
When chaos turns to order
And I rest my heart in You.
When the Holy Next in waiting
Reveals itself to me
And fills me with a fierce resolve
That calls me to be Me.
"Take heart, my Dear," the Sacred sings,
In a voice like liquid sun,
“Let your lion heart take up My chant
Your Next has now begun.”
- Margaret Wolff
Margaret Wolff is a writer, storyteller, art therapist, and retreat leader. Her work celebrates the ways in which the collective wisdom and storytelling reveal the truth and beauty of our inner lives and connect us—heart to beating heart—to each other.
COMING HOME: Finding Shelter in the Love and Wisdom of Paramahansa Yogananda (White Pearl Press, May 20201), is a curated collection of 14 modern-day stories of spiritual awakening that reflect “the most creative and transformative experience life can offer—developing an intimate partnership with the invisible God of one’s heart.”
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