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Blessing for a new beginning

flower, emergingLast evening I had the privilege of spending a couple of hours with some amazing women at a Women’s Leadership Community event. When I am in the presence of really beautiful, strong, courageous and authentic women, it gets my juices flowing and my spirit soars! I always learn something – about myself and others. And I find that I come away renewed and inspired.

This was no exception. I had the opportunity to share my transformation story, reconnect with friends from my Women in Leadership experience, and meet some new faces – many of whom are in transition ready to figure out what next, to take their leadership to the next level, and to dare greatly in their lives. How cool!

At the end of the evening, one of the co-founders of Women’s Leadership Community read something that resonated with me. I am sharing it here because I think it is inspiring for anyone who is at the beginning (or on the cusp) of the journey of a lifetime.

I encourage you to read this and take it in. Or, have someone read it to you. Notice what comes up for you? And share here, if you wish. I love it. Enjoy.

Blessing for a New Beginning (in 2013)

by John O’Donahue, from “To Bless the Space Between Us”

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.


P.S. If you have questions about the Women’s Leadership Community or their 2013 Women in Leadership Retreat Series, check this link or please contact me here and I would be happy to share more about my experience. I attended Women in Leadership in 2010 and it was the beginning of the awareness part of my transformation journey.

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  1. Lori, I never get tired listening to you tell your story.

    January 20, 2013

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