May flowers. Life comes back into bloom and we with it. At least that’s how it should be. Years ago, the week I turned 24, I spent five days on Maasai Mara game preserve in Kenya, where I was living that summer. We stayed at a lodge that was right at the equator. I remember looking up into the sky one night and thinking, “so the world really is round.” Above me, the sky opened out like a giant, star-filled bowl. Save for the lights at the lodge, which were kept dimly lit, there were no electric lights for miles. In their absence, I was dipped in a profound presence that is always with us, but that we mostly can’t feel, with our bright lights and busy lives. That moment has never left me. It’s what keeps me living, the best I can, with the rhythms of the seasons, even though technology means I don’t have to. The thing is, I want to. Life is so much richer that way. We are part of this, after all. Part of this ecosystem, not masters of it, and the more we sit in that reality, the more we feel the gift that it is to be connected, to one another, to this planet, to ourselves.
So May flowers. Flowers the noun. Flowers the verb. Both apply. I, for one, will be filling my house with fresh cut flowers this month, a reminder that we are living in ripe times, when anything is possible, both at this time of year, and this time in our human life on Earth. For all that is falling apart — the economy, the ozone layer, the sense that we are separate and apart and safe from everyone else — this is a time of opportunity, a time of flowering, a time when we might become our best individual and collective selves.
The world is changing and so must we. We must become more authentic, more mindful, more aware of what our actions create, and more intent on creating something meaningful and good. We can no longer live from a grab what we can mentality. We must instead think about what we can offer and what we can create. What will you create with your life?
This month at Revel In It we will explore the theme of what we can create and let flower in our lives and in our world. We’re also trying a little experiment. Instead of telling you exactly what we’ll be posting about, we’re going to give ourselves a little freedom, and see what comes. Of course we’ve got a whole slew of ideas up our sleeve, but for once we’re going to trust that, just as the flowers know how to bloom, so do we. This month, we’re committing to being fully, authentically and spontaneously ourselves. Who knows, it may be the start of something good. We hope you’ll join us and that you’ll join the conversation. Your comments tell us who you are and give us the gift of learning from your wisdom and vision, so bring it on!
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PAULA PURYEAR is a Lawyer, Film & Television writer, HuffPoster and Founder of Revel In It Mag.