Today, for the second time this season, I got stuck in a pile of snow alongside my uphill driveway as I backed up, again, to try to conquer the ice at the front of our garage—argh! This has been a long winter!
Since my husband was busy with a business call, I called on my younger son for help. He tried his best—sanding and pushing and shoveling and finally trying to drive it out, but being a new driver, he actually dug us in deeper…
Finally, my husband was able to come to our rescue. He is a person who loves mental challenges, not the least of which is how to free oneself from a snow bank. So within minutes, the car was free and moving forward into the safety and comfort of our garage.
Nothing against my honey of a son who made a valiant effort, but it really does matter who we ask and where we look for help.
We want to make sure, before we ask, if there is wisdom and knowledge that will improve the situation or make it worse. Sometimes, to get the help we need in a way that is useful to us, we need to step outside of our usual sphere and look for support and guidance in unexpected places.
Support and fresh ways to address our issues are available all around us. There are books on anything and everything that offer a unique view we may not have considered. A friend or even a complete stranger may say the right thing at the right time that surprisingly points us in the direction we need to go.
One of the places we may not think to look is in our own hearts; when we become still and listen to the voice inside, great wisdom can be found! The voice of the Divine, universal consciousness, whatever it is for you, speaks to and through us to guide us along our paths.
With the inspiration of fresh perspectives and ideas, we can creatively solve the challenges that lie before us, and grasp the learning that is made available to us in unexpected places.
This year, with 40 inches of snow and more being added each week, nature is demanding we pay attention. My challenge for this season is to focus on the incredible quiet beauty of the snow-covered earth; the pleasure found in playing in it—skiing, sledding, making snow angels; the calm, stillness of a blanketed winter’s night; and when I need digging out from a snow bank, to ask for help in all the right places.
Into the Unknnown
The view from my window is stunning
Frozen earth covered in white
Bare trees touching each other
Support for birds taking flight
Into the blue they (I, We) soar
Destination not clear from below
Part of me goes with them (You)
Into the unknown.
What’s beyond my window
There on the other side
Destiny holds what tomorrow brings
I go along for the ride
Let go to the pull of the forces
Let go and take a chance
A challenge worth accepting
The universal dance.
© 1997 words and music by Diane Ingram
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