Saturday, April 01, 2006

New Life...A Round Robin Promotion

"If humankind would accept and acknowledge this responsibility and become creatively engaged in the process of emotion, consciously as well as unconsciously, a new reality would emerge, and a new age could be born."

-Jonas Salk

I love spring. Everything and everyone get a chance to emerge from the cold anew. With flowers blossoming everywhere, how can one feel downhearted? I enjoy visiting the various public gardens in the Bay Area, to see the new blossoms. Golden Gate Park puts on a beautiful show. Cherry blossoms, roses, California poppies, you name the flower...it will be in glorious bloom.

I was thinking about a favorite movie the other day, Cactus Flower, starring, Walter Mathau, Goldie Hawn, and Ingrid Bergman. Wonderful movie, with a wonderful message. It may take some blossoms longer then others to bloom, but when they do, you will find it was well worth the wait. It's about learning to enjoy your life, even if you are not a spring chicken any longer. It's about giving yourself permission to reinvent yourself, from time to time, to let your inner beauty shine though. We all deserve that...don't we?

In my 43 years, there have been many occasions to stop what wasn't working in my life, and try a new road I had never been down. It was a day like that, when I decided to start my first journal on AOL, "Ellipsis." The title seemed fitting, because I had been doing a lot of pausing in my life, and a lot of jumping from one subject to another. I had been quite ill, from 2000 until the summer of 2003, when I finally had a breakthrough with my emotional turmoil. One day, it all changed for the better. Suddenly I was on a new, much more brighter road in my life. Everything had color again, and finally, everything mattered. It was as if, someone breathed new life into my soul. I felt like I had been brought back from the dead. Here I sit, 2 1/2 years later, and while I still have days where things feel like a struggle, I don't feel the profound sadness I once did. I look forward to writing in my blog, to playing with Elvis, to inventing new recipes, and yes, I even enjoy the occasional flirt. ;)

I like the idea Sassy came up with for the next Round Robin Challenge,"New Life," because it is something all of us have enjoyed at one time or another. If you would like to share what this subject means to you, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, April 12th. All you have to do to play along, is to visit the official Round Robin Journal, read the entry for the current challenge, and follow the instructions for signing up. I hope you will consider joining us. It is a great way to meet new people, and see some awesome photography from our other Robin participants. I am always surprised an amazed at the talent I see, and we are gaining new members each time we play! Come on and join us...you know you want to. :)

-OndineMonet
"New Life"
San Mateo, California
March, 2006
Morning

5 comments:

Jessica said...

The dawn of life anew
past painted sunset blue.
A path ahead taken in hope
Spirit strong - the only way to cope.

Tentative footsteps stumble along
buoyed by faintest hopeful song.
So much to learn, so much to give
Freedom from fear - new way to live.

Bowed head now straight and tall
shedding despair's hopeless pall.
Twists and turns behind and before
But the choices - yours once more.

Rock-strewn road into the past
paid for with faded dreams that didn't last.
Time now to spread new wings
Faced with faith - whatever the new dream brings

A dozen doors close behind you
A single window opens to life so true.
Footfall upon footfall moving forward
Each step more secure - into future's reward.

jw/040106

tess said...

Those roses look good enough to eat! This challenge will be beautiful!

Dave said...

You know, I've gotten up the past few mornings in the midst of my mid-terms and various other stressors, and heard birds singing and seen sunshine, and gone outside to be greeted by near 80 degree temperatures, and I have felt new life.

Winter depressed the stuff out of me, so it's always such a blessing from above to be greeted with Spring. I never doubt He loves us at those times.

Have an awesome weekend, Carly!

Karen Funk Blocher said...

I think I'm looking forward to your RR entry on this one even more than doing me own. :) - Karen

Patrick said...

Great topic...and I just found the perfect thing for it on my patio the other day. I'll make it "official" over at the RR blog.