30” x 30” (Acrylic on Canvas) (c) Bronwen Mayer Henry
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"G-d says: face facts. The old year
is ending. You’ve outgrown it.
The flowerpot that used to be home
isn’t big enough anymore. Once
it was spacious. Now your roots
push uncomfortably against the walls.
It's time to stop contorting yourself
to fit inside a story that's too small
for who you can become. God whacks
the bottom of your pot, sends you flying.
Once you're pried from the old year
your roots will ache, shocked
by open air. You'll wonder whether
you could have stopped growing.
But one morning you'll wake, realize
you've stretched in ways you never knew
you hadn't done before. The sun
will feel like a benediction, like
grace. You can't help turning
and re-turning toward the light,
toward becoming. And wait 'til you see
what dazzling flowers you'll discover
springing from your fingertips:
your life renewed, beginning again."
I adore this poem, "Transplanted" by @Rabbi Rachel Barenblat (shared with permission). It is a poem for the New Year and for new beginnings. It speaks to me of bravery and surrender.
I woke up at five this morning and finished this amaryllis inspired piece. I'm so happy with it. In addition to familiar comfort of following the natural beauty of the flower. I found myself being drawn to more and more details. Broad strokes come naturally to me, and leaning into more detail is a challenge I enjoy.
I am reminded that there is something about the new year calling each of us into new, bold, beautiful spaces. Where is your space of comfort? Where is your stretch? How can you step into a new story? How can you see the 'whacks' of life as from God?
Acknowledge the discomfort...and then look around for the beauty. And by all means whatever it is you are leaning into for the New Year...keep going!