I appreciate the invitation to see thresholds. I think of them as the significant changes in our lives. The outer that is sometimes things like, the move. Or the new job. Or the new goal. The inner that is the psyche and soul doing what it does. Choosing one small step. Insisting one small celebration. Thresholds signal bigger movements. From one world to another. Or from one neighborhood within a world to another.
I also appreciate these words below from John O’Donohue (thx Katharine Weinmann for recently reminding me of this passage).
“At any time you can ask yourself: At which threshold am I now standing? At this time in my life, what am I leaving? Where am I about to enter? What is preventing me from crossing my next threshold? What gift would enable me to do it?
A threshold is not a simple boundary; it is a frontier that divides two different territories, rhythms, and atmospheres. Indeed, it is a lovely testimony to the fullness and integrity of an experience or a stage of life that intensifies toward the end into a real frontier that cannot be crossed without the heart being passionately engaged and woken up. At this threshold, a great complexity of emotion comes alive: confusion, fear, excitement, sadness, hope. This is one of the reasons such vital crossings were always clothed in ritual.
It is wise in your own life to be able to recognize and acknowledge the key thresholds: to take your time; to feel all the varieties of presence that accrue there; to listen inward with complete attention until you hear the inner voice calling you forward. The time has come to cross.”
To Bless the Space Between Us
Here’s to the invitation that threshold brings, and the deepening of relationship that can carry big moves in our lives.