Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Here Comes the Sun...

“Little darling, it's been a long, cold, lonely winter.

 Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here.

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,

 And I say it's all right.

 Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces.

 Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here.

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,

 And I say it's all right”

And so goes the lyrics to the well-known Beatles song, “Here Comes the Sun.”

With the physical and emotional beat-down of winter behind us, most of us are welcoming  warmer weather, beautiful spring flowers and a season of hope.

Hope is a beautiful thing. It is what gets us through our darkest hours, and leads us to a brighter tomorrow.

In last month’s Fool’s Paradise blog, I wrote about The Tower tarot card (Major Arcana 16). It is one of the most feared cards in the deck because it heralds complete, and often catastrophic, change in the way an individual lives their life. When The Tower shows up in a reading, life as it is known is about to change.

I didn’t write a blog last month for A Glass Half Full because I felt as though I was experiencing my own personal Tower moment and was struggling to connect with my own light of hope. I felt as if I was in a deep, dark winter, and frozen in unhappiness because of my fear of change.

While I wanted to fight this difficulty, I knew I couldn’t. There was no denying that change was imminent and necessary in my life. So instead of battling the challenges of the Tower, I chose to surrender to them. I decided to see these issues for what they were, and decided to have several much-needed conversations.

Was it easy? Hell no! I knew I was putting a familiar and safe existence very much on the line. However, I also knew I was at a turning point. I had to initiate a change – if nothing else a change of attitude about how I was going to live my life.

I knew I had to:

Established clear boundaries.

Clearly and respectfully speak my mind.

Step back from people and situations I felt were unhealthy.

Take time to hear and then silence my inner critics.

Prioritize my health and wellness needs without feeling guilty.

It wasn’t easy, but I knew I had to do it. And, do you know what happened? I started to feel like myself again.

Like The Star (Major Arcana 17) rising out of the ashes of ruin of the Tower, I too felt that many unnecessary burdens had been lifted. It was liberating. It was peaceful. It was emotional sunshine. That’s when I started to notice that as the long, cold, lonely winter dissipated, contentment began to fill me, and a smile returned to my face.

And I say, it’s all right …..