Preparing for Something New, Something Different…

 In Reflections

“You don’t get lucky without preparation, and there’s no sense in being prepared if you’re not open to the possibility of a glorious accident.” —Twyla Tharp

An unexpected sighting of wildflowers around a corner or on a hillside reminds us that spring always brings change.

This transformational energy of spring—required for new life and rebirth in nature—can have a joyous or chaotic impact on our lives.

Since hearing the news of an advanced disaster declaration for parts of Texas in anticipation of the crowds descending April 8th to view the total eclipse, I’ve been pondering the dance between preparing for the worst while anticipating the best to happen.
Like the resources an “advanced” disaster declaration gives to civic leaders for preparation or the Lenten journey towards Easter offers Christians, our advanced preparation for potentials this spring can yield more choices when something new or different arrives.

What areas of your life might benefit from some “advanced” preparation for the worst or the best to occur? How might a little advanced planning help you be ready to handle what may come with more grace and ease  this spring?

May you be blessed with a joyous spring filled with delightful surprises and opportunities for growth.

A Way to Be Prepared

“Another way to be prepared is to think negatively. Yes, I’m a great optimist. but, when trying to make a decision, I often think of the worst-case scenario. I call it ‘the eaten by wolves factor.’ If I do something, what’s the most terrible thing that could happen? Would I be eaten by wolves? One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist, is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose. There are a lot of things I don’t worry about, because I have a plan in place if they do.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

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Spring

Somewhere
a black bear
has just risen from sleep
and is staring

down the mountain.
All night
in the brisk and shallow restlessness
of early spring

I think of her,
her four black fists
flicking the gravel,
her tongue

like a red fire
touching the grass,
the cold water.
There is only one question:

how to love this world.
I think of her
rising
like a black and leafy ledge

to sharpen her claws against
the silence
of the trees.
Whatever else

my life is
with its poems
and its music
and its glass cities,

it is also this dazzling darkness
coming
down the mountain,
breathing and tasting;

all day I think of her —
her white teeth,
her wordlessness,
her perfect love.

—Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems

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