Winter Guest Post by Teresa Robinson

December 21st, 2011

Circles of Grace and Dormancy

If one daffodil is worth a thousand pleasures, then one is too few. ~William Wordsworth

Daffodils are the perfect example of nature’s grace and of dormancy. Their growth cycle requires stages of darkness, of unattractiveness and inaction before every Spring bloom. Bloom which is followed by more of the same: dormancy.

A quiet state of inaction is an opportunity to embrace restorative time away from growth, and producing proverbial blooms. However, its reality can be as comforting as being covered with a handmade cotton quilt or as maddening as being bound by a tightly-strapped straightjacket — depending upon one’s perspective.

Personally, I vacillate between those two points of view more than I care to admit.

There are times when I like to believe I have been changed by my adventures with chronic illness, and its various unexpected detours and times of inactivity. That I embrace the seasons of dormancy more wholly; that I have benefited and “bloomed” more fully because of the parting gifts of cancer and chemotherapy, and the slow dances with Multiple Sclerosis that followed.

When in reality, I still don’t like talking {or writing} about it; I want to believe I will wake up one morning and healing will have permeated every cell of my body, eliminating the dis-ease.

You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. ~Anne-Wilson Schaef

Truth is I resist talking about it because I don’t want to sound whiny. But I also don’t consider it relevant. I am basically the same person I was before challenges to my wellness. And … What I do is not that much different from what everyone else does every day.

We all deal with something. Each of us face daily challenges, looming realities that shadow us throughout our routines and entice us to surrender our hopes and dreams. Causing us to doubt our talents — our ability to bloom — when we are in the stages of darkness and unattractiveness. And to question our value as we wonder how much is too much to hope for.

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. ~James Allen

During dormant seasons, let the image included here be a visual for your thoughts. Resist the urge to “do more” or “try harder” … Abide with the grace of dormancy for regeneration and growth, and for bloom.

Envision divine assistance standing behind you as you face forward in the direction of your dreams, even in the midst of shades of gray.

Color happens. Vibrant color comes. You will bloom again.

I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.
~Ranier Maria Rilke


Teresa Robinson {aka stargardener} creates in the magic studio of her country home; she is a right brain planner and collaborator-midwife to artists and writers. Even as she dances with {and sometimes curses} the realities of chronic pain and Multiple Sclerosis — she lives her life in ever-widening, sparkly circles of creativity. Learn more about her art-full adventures on Facebook or Twitter; or click over to her blog, Right Brain Planner.

p.s. from Leah: A special thank you to Teresa for her generous offer of help in gathering and coordinating guest posts this month. It was a huge help and so appreciated. Thanks a million, Teresa!!

9 Responses

I loved this post and it is full of wisdom… I have been battling to not be a whiny sod all week because other things have intruded in my creative time, but maybe I need to let it all just simmer on the back burner and let it be… sure I will be back to being a pain in the butt in no time, but for now your post has inspired me to try to be a more patient accepting artist…xx

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Totally my pleasure, Leah! ♥

Tracey, I am so pleased to know these words inspired you! I loved meeting you via collecting posts for this series.

And the truth is … patience is elusive for most of us, regardless of what label is attached the challenge we are facing. ;)

words swim before me as i try to write them…

this falls over me like quiet snow, like mother snow tucking me into winter. it is so full and rich and deep and i will carry it with me throughout my day. did you know daffodils are one of my favorite flowers? and i love them even more now.

you make me love life more.

Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing and giving me pause for thought.
Happy Holidays!

I love your honesty here. It is brave and true and inspiring. :) Also, I love the reminder about the daffodils!

rain: your poetic comment is like gentle rain on my soul. ❤

Julie and Mandy: Thank you kindly. ❤

An interesting footnote to this post … I needed this reminder today. It is such a process; a circular process of moving through life’s challenges.

This was lovely. Thank you.

I have been a fan of Kimberly for years now and listen to her podcast. Now must go do some yoga and get ready for another year of Creativity!

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