Time’s Mystery — Living Fully and Letting Go


Time’s mystery — always with us…

Time’s mystery is simple and compelling.

Elusive and yet always with us, I had a day, yesterday, that reminded me of this.

Time doesn’t always offer itself easily.

Yesterday was both busy and one of the most beautiful October days that one could hope for. Blue sky, bright sun, clear air, and yellow leaves made the woods vibrant with color and energy.  I hadn’t gotten outside the day before, so was determined to find a moment at some point in the day, just to be still for a few minutes and appreciate.

I did find time yesterday afternoon and took in the sun and October air for a few brief, enriching minutes.  Opening to the moment, I heard the breeze blowing tenderly through the dry leaves.  As it touched my cheek, I listened to the Blue Jays’ cacophony in the woods and the sound of a far-off car driving by.  The sun was wonderfully warm, even as it had begun its westward decline.  A leaf fell from a nearby oak and landed quietly on the ground.

Here’s time’s mystery…

I felt at once utterly alone and deeply connected as I let the moment flow into and through me.  Joy filled my heart, and right on its heels came the knowledge that I needed to return to my work.

Having created a boundary so that I could open to the moment, and I also needed to create a boundary to enable me to let go and continue with my daily responsibilities.

That is such a fundamental and mysterious part of the rhythm of living, isn’t it?

Opening and letting go…

We enrich ourselves when we open to the depth, complexity, and aliveness of the moment. And then our self-discipline calls us back to our tasks, goals, and responsibilities.

It can be challenging, that opening to depth and then letting it go. Yet it is what most powerfully refreshes, nourishes and enlivens us.

Thinking about this I am reminded of some lines from Mary Oliver that I love.  They are from her poem “In Blackwater Woods” and speak about this core mystery of living in time. We are called to embrace and to let go, over and over:

To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

How do you make time for this mystery in your life?

How will you open to the moment today?  And how will you let it go?

Here’s more help…

Have you had times in your life that just felt good to you? Moments that you would go back to if you could? I call this your ‘Ideal Day” and it’s different for each of us.

What do you picture when you imagine something like that for yourself? Are you peaceful and quiet? Maybe you’re focused and fully engaged in a project or pursuit. The answers will be unique to you, but what’s always the same, though, is that it’s something you can give yourself whenever you choose.

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