Is it just me or does this holiday hold a special place for you too? Maybe it’s because the school holiday is the same length as at Christmas but without the huge present / decorating / buying pressure. Maybe it’s because Easter heralds spring with all the visual clues of chicks, lambs, longer days and daffodils. And there’s no doubt the Easter story of death and rebirth is the ultimate letting go metaphor and profoundly rooted in my psyche.
As it happens, months ago Jeff and I committed to visit our friends in SCAD (Social Change and Development – look it up, it’s an amazing non-profit) in southern India during Easter week. But as our departure day of Easter Sunday drew near, our Indian visas were inexplicably delayed. This last week has been incredibly stressful, as each day hope rose and fell away again, and yesterday we finally let go of making the trip. We stopped pushing the process and resolved to cancel or change our flights.
And guess what? Within hours of letting go of the trip, we heard the visas had come through – luckily before we had actually pushed the send buttons to airlines and hosts. What a lesson in the power of letting go it has been! Now we feel a truer and newer perspective about the visit, about our partnership with SCAD and even with each other.
Maybe what is so special about Easter is the sense of hope, the stirring of new life, the fresh start of another cycle. Is there something – a person, a pattern, an expectation, an old fight – which you could let go of this Easter for a rebirth at a whole new level?
Wishing you a joyful Easter
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