Flash of Insight

My poles along the snow packed Ute trail.

While hiking my favorite trail a few days ago, that, to my delight, just opened for the summer, I contemplated how the compost of the past can magically support the sprouting of our spirit in the present.

Here is a simple example: Parts of the Ute trail, which is steep and technical in spots, were still snow packed. Fortunately, I’d brought along my poles to help navigate the difficult segments.
In coming down those passages, it dawned on me that the very poles I was using to support me had been gifted to me by the man, whom I’d believed to have been a major nemesis in my life. At that moment, in a flash of insight, I paused to offer gratitude for those poles and everything they represented.

The person that I had viewed as my adversary for so many years, had actually been an ‘angel,’ who’d helped me to see all the ways I’d been strangling myself. It was his behavior that served to emphasize my own, and everything I needed to change in myself.

Just after my insight, my eyes were drawn to the heart-stone pictured here (together with the poles next to the snow-packed trail).
You’ll note that the heart is cracked at the top-right corner—making it just slightly damaged, though mostly intact.

What I suppose this cracked-at-the-top-right-corner-heart-stone represents for me is this: that what we at one time or another believe may have broken us—has instead served to crack us open so that we can release all that has kept us stuck.
When we do, we clear the way to move into that thriving range of ours.

If you are inclined, join me in staying open to that possibility for yourself. Shall we hold hands and stick together while in the process?

Believing in you!