Monday, April 8, 2013

Open to change

I've just spent an amazing weekend in retreat with Paula D'Arcy, writer, retreat leader, speaker and president of the Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need and furthers a ministry to those in prison and those living in developing or disadvantaged cultures. In 1975 D'Arcy survived a drunk driving accident that claimed the lives of her husband and 21-month-old daughter. She has used that tragedy to spur a ministry of transformation in the lives of those who have read her books and heard her speak.

In her book A New Set of Eyes, D'Arcy talks about change, saying "Creation is always moving" and "Creation is still happening, still unfolding." Then she asks the profound life questions: "Am I willing to unfold? To still happen? To change? To think past where my thoughts have ever taken me before?"

Why do we always fight change when it's such a constant in our lives and in everything around us? Even when you and I have experienced the transformation that can come when we accept change and move with new possibilities?

What would it take to be more open to unfolding? To the transformation that is possible when we "think past where my thoughts have ever taken me before"?

Think of the caterpillar who enters a cocoon and dies to what it was, only to emerge in time as a beautiful butterfly—free to soar above the flowers where before it crawled on the ground with only a limited view! Are you ready to soar?

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