I must admit that I've been hibernating where possible in January, in between dealing with the dental floss of life, with some enjoyable interludes in between. However, now its February, time to clear away the dross of old unwanted habits, junk and detritus!
It can be about taking the First Step on a series of staircases for, as Martin Luther King famously said:
'You don't need to see the end of the staircase, just take the first step.'
Sometimes this can be a very empowering thing to do, on a series of staircases, for, after all, our lives can ascent many different staircases, appropriate for different parts of our lives. By doing this we can reframe our thoughts and misconceptions, to take a wider, more realistic view of our lives in order to release old unwanted patterns of behaviours and make room for new, helpful ways of thinking and behaving.
Here is a poem I wrote this month to encapsulate just these ideas:
How often have I taken the 1st step up a spiral staircase
Where I cannot see the end of it,
Excited, wondering what will be the view
At the top of the castle?
Sometimes, though, the 1st step on a staircase feels trepidatious
as we take it without even knowing how far
Or into what danger it may take us
Just because we feel we must....
But I'm thinking of the steps we take
As part of our Lives
Our Lives which, to me, are a series of stories,
Each story needing a 1st step of its own
Through childhood, adolescence, career and family, and perhaps the bliss and freedom
Of the later stages of Life, where health permits enjoyment...
When many responsibilities may begin to slip away
Sometimes to be replaced by deepening of interests,
Activities, friends and relationships.
Yes, each story has its own 1st step,
And even each chapter of each story;
Sometimes the 1st step of doing my accounts
Rather than having another cup of tea,
Reading yet another chapter of a book,
Listening to yet another wonderful piece of music
May seem enticing - but spoiled by the weight of procrastination
Until the absolute necessity of taking that 1st step,
Resisted and avoided for so long,
Has been taken.
...and it is true that we do not know the ending of our journey
Along the staircase of Life
But know that, inexorably, that journey must be taken
For the sake of the sate of the World
For the sake of our souls
Both to b.e healed and saved from destruction
So let us simply take the 1st step
And let the journey take us where it may.
This poem may point the way to possible new starts for some of you - which could include Romance, being the month of February! But whatever new starts you make, remember that its the 1st step on the staircase that can take you where you choose to go.