This image shows the bark of a cherry tree in my neighborhood earlier in winter. After some rains, delicate mushrooms started to emerge from the trunk, a beautiful mysterious sprouting from deep below the bark. Life always finds a way and new things grow from our inner depths.
That’s what this long winter has been. Lots of incubating, hibernating, resting. I’ve had to trust as I waited, that the time for new life would come if I listened for the right time for action.
Meanwhile, I had sought and received feedback from a trusted writer friend on a piece whose ending eluded me. My friend thinks in a way that’s so comprehensive and different from me, which makes him very helpful in witnessing my work. And vice versa, as I’ve had the honor of giving him feedback too.
The feedback this time was that ‘everything is all wrong’. Because I know he loves and respects me and my work, this made me laugh. What he meant was that I could pare down everything and find the pure heart of the story. The characters were not feeling authentic to him, not fully fleshed out, and not serving this pure heart.
This was hard to hear, but I withstood it, knowing that I have grown strong enough to receive frank feedback from a worthy colleague. I sat with the pared down heart of the story for a long time. Nothing happened, just a lot of wondering and lots of procrastination. But gradually I started over. I kept referring to it as a ‘tear down’ and a ‘rebuild,’ because in many ways a story is like a shelter when it’s good.
Writing can be a hermetic process; many of you who do creative work know what I mean. It leeches energy to talk too much of works-in-progress. Suffice it to say, I’ve stayed in the mystery and the wondering and even wrote what’s now been revealed. I’ve submitted a new part one to my manuscript group.
Where in your life are you tearing things down, gutting old habits, and creating a new way forward? The upward, outward energy of Spring can be useful to harness in support of what wants to emerge in your life. May you blossom forth, and if you’d like support to clear the way for new growth, I’d love to support your process. Contact me!