Golden Rays of Hope

After recently suffering a back injury, a week in bed led to incessant reflection about life, paths, age, dreams, happiness and ultimately to a lot of questions.  A fire sparked with time and pain.  I moved to France to change my life, to forge and walk down a new path.  This adventure and living in Provence has truly been a dream… and while I am so blessed to even have this opportunity, like everyone else there are still moments of stress, tears are shed, concerns about life decisions, money and the future can creep their way back into mind.  Selling a home, moving across the world and trying to build a recently launched shoe brand with my husband, while having no income stream, is definitely not for the faint of heart.  At times it can be completely daunting.  Will all of my efforts be in vain or will this be that brilliant moment of life when I whole heartedly took a leap of faith into the unknown? Questions that can easily linger and wither away my soul if I allow them to. 

One morning turning the corner from my road, I stumbled (literally) into a huge field of young sunflowers just beginning to bloom.  A morning painted in Van Gogh.  Gazing into the meadow, an inexplicable shower of warmth and clarity washed over me.  My heart filled but the worries were replaced with an overwhelming sense of calm and trust.  Life and fears fell into perspective.  Being in nature.  The sunflowers transformed into golden rays of hope.  That morning a sea of warm, smiling faces were whispering “it's all going to be OK.”  And through these blossoming flowers, I was suddenly again reminded that without constant courage and change, we simply cannot grow...