Someone once described life to me as a card game. There are seasons to simply pass by the game, seasons to find your fellow players & choose the game, to pick up the card deck and shuffle, to deal, and to play. Truthfully, this analogy annoyed me more than illuminating life’s cyclical nature; however, years later I can see this natural rhythm happening all around me. In my life & in yours.
And while I’d love a more poetic metaphor, the card game is quite accurate. The real learning is in our discernment on timing. Are we tuned into our heart and inner wisdom deeply and clearly enough to recognize the season? To notice when the season begins to shift? Do we have the courage and grace to follow the shift?
If I take a moment in stillness and know what I know beyond my cognition, I can recognize the signs of the season. I can spot the tiny changes that lead to the end of one and the entry of another. Much like the buds on a tree signaling spring, I can sense within what is emerging.
The difference between natural transitions and human transitions is we can opt out. The budding tree doesn’t halt spring’s arrival because you didn’t notice it, and the first cold wind doesn’t head back north taking winter with it just because you resisted its arrival.
A deck of cards; however, does not deal itself. It does not send the invitation to the game. It just waits until you engage. And if our standard mode of operation is full steam ahead, we may not even notice its existence let alone its question.
The question it asks us is: Where am I called to be now? What does fulfillment look like now? What chapter of my life am I truly in and what is my impact throughout it? And from that place of awareness, courageous choice and graceful action.
Our world will tell you: play the game, play the game, play the game. And as a lover of playing the game, I take the bait every time. And, sometimes that’s aligned. And sometimes not. If our choice was cued from external guidance, misalignment is inevitable.
So turn within… What season are you in?