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Taking the Plunge

puppyfailToday, on this first day of the New Year, I find myself not quite ready to jump into 2014.

For a contemplative a New Year brings together two truths which seem to be in direct conflict with each other.

The first is life has a rhythm, a score, a flow to it and finding this, immersing oneself in it, brings contentment. A contemplative likes hearing, sensing this rhythm. It’s why we pray at the same times each day, enjoy nature and the seasons, discovering a pattern in the often chaotic life which surround us.

The second is everything, everywhere, is always changing. It’s never the same. Though we like to pray morning, midday, evening and night it doesn’t always happen because life is always happening. The noise and disruptions of existence can keep us from sensing and hearing the rhythm. Even the seasons are always transitioning one into another.

The end of one year and the beginning of another can be disconcerting. What will the New Year bring? Change is a given but what kind, how many, will I be able to adjust, find the flow, be at peace and content?

Another truth is that the New Year is here and there’s no stopping it from opening up before us and becoming what it will be, taking us to an unknown destination. Good or bad, hard or easy, most likely somewhere in between, 2014 has arrived and we must let go of what has passed, not grasp for what is not known, and receive with open hand and listening soul.

taking the plunge,
bdl

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