This week we’ve had a birth in the family. Our sweet granddaughter Ida was born on Saturday. It’s not something that happens every
day and so a birth day is a big moment that everyone can celebrate. Lots of you have sent messages of joy that all add to the party and thank you for those.
Babies trigger so much joy because they remind us of the possibility of our innocence, free of cares and so open to anything. Whereas we might feel jaded and past our sell by date, they’re fresh and new and bursting with potential that we can only wonder at.
By chance (!), this weekend was also a 2 day workshop in Dorchester. Just as I was setting out early on Saturday morning I got the message that Ida was on her way and the birth process had started. We checked on progress during the breaks and cheered every step in intensity. So it was a natural progression to weave our own births into the process.
Let’s pretend that a new beginning is on offer this week for each one of us. How would you seize this opportunity: A commitment to be a more fun mother or father or partner? A more authentic you, free to be yourself instead of hiding old bad feelings? Less defensiveness, so you don’t close down when someone tries to give you feedback? More equality and balance in your relationship, so you end the see-saw of the independent/dependent dynamic?
I salute the brave participants on the weekend who chose their new vision and went for it. And Ida’s birth invites us to go for ours.
Sue (and Jeff who is in China)