This beautiful poem by John O'Donohue comes to me to share as I reflect back on this day over 30 years ago. Scared to death, broken hearted, alone, and exhausted, it was 33 years ago today that I walked into my first AA meeting and began my journey into sobriety and awakening. I had hit a fork in the road and choose the path that took me into uncharted territory and a new beginning I couldn't imagine. I had no idea at that time what I was getting myself into or how difficult the journey would be. Nor did I know how much more difficult and painful it would be to stay asleep. Yet, Grace offered me this new beginning and I accepted. I am overwhelmed with gratitude....
Each and every one of us have these experiences throughout our lives which offer us some form of a new beginning and the invitation to peel off yet another layer of our not knowing, our illusions, our unconsciousness and disconnections. We are given the opportunity to go deeper, to grow more into our greater wholeness and wisdom, to root into a life of increased meaning and purpose and contribution to some higher good, to expand our capacity for courage and compassion and kindness and love. These invitations may show up in a variety of forms - substance and non-substance addictions, the loss or death of a loved one, fears that continue to plague us, a new partner or a new baby, a sense of isolation or separateness, the injustices and violence which plague our nation and world, etc., etc. - and each of these experiences also try to bring with them the awareness that there is more, there is more to open to, more to learn, more to grow into. May we each again and again choose the path which brings us ever closer to the experience of the sacred being we have always been... and that we all are.
In deep gratitude and with warmest blessings - Molly
For a New Beginning