It is slow, getting back into routine again, creating patterns again that comfort, challenge and guide. And all the while this weighing, this questioning of what was, whether it still holds worth.
Questioning and adapting are good things. When you just keep following the well-worn path in the labyrinth because that is what you did before, life becomes rote. Un-thought-through. It loses value.
So you create new paths in the labyrinth and you shun the old, worn-out ones that no longer make you SEE. Your thinking changes. Your approach changes.
It is slow growing. And some of it stretches you into discomfort, even pain. But much of it brings deep, brimming joy.
Not everybody understands it. People tend to cling to the well-worn. And because they are there, right there in the hollowed-out dust, they resist those who want to find greener paths. They shy away from the discomfort change brings, even change outside themselves, in other labyrinth-walkers. They reach out and grab and try to constrain – all for the sake of sameness.
But you cannot remain on the old paths, not even for them, not now that you have started creating new ones. Growth calls! And you have to say YES to it, even when it means saying NO to what and whom used to be comforting, but no longer serves. Especially then.
So you leave the old behind: old habits, old acquaintances, old thought patterns, old expectations. You discard what no longer works: old tolerances, old plans, old dreams. You shed it all, like ground leaves, because you HAVE TO grow into the new.
It is slow growing, but it is imperative!