And then a new sprout emerges
Through the fertile soil of her mind,
Making its presence known
With both gentleness and determination,
It’s time for her to grow
©Ashley Castle Barnes
It’s that time of year for old things to die and new things to start their journey through the cool, damp soil toward new life.
Just because we can’t see them, doesn’t mean they’re not growing.
And there are many plants that actually bloom in late summer.
So it is with the birth of new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new ways of being.
Some gestate through the winter of our seasons, and some are springing up, to be nurtured through the darker months.
I rather like the ideas that thrive in the dark, maybe because personally, I’m not like that at all.
I like the warm spring and summer months and all the sunshine I can get.
But I also know that the shadow is as important as the light. Maybe more so, for it points me to what I’m not noticing – or what I’m actually avoiding.
Ideas that sprout this time of year tend to be more grounded, more deeply rooted, and often more transformational because of their depth.
It can be easy to avoid these deep ideas because they’re often rooted in vulnerability, which is what makes them so rich, like they soil in which they grow.
I guess you could say I’m a chronic avoider of this time of year because it represents a great deal of darkness for me.
But today, I’m nurturing something rich and new, which gives me hope and inspiration.
What are you growing today?