Meeting the New Reality

During a recent trip down a virtual rabbit hole I ended up on Deena Metzger’s blog and read this, “It is required that we fall apart and reconstitute to meet the new reality.” Hmmmm….

Definitely not a new idea, but it planted itself in the path of my annual rumination with the enormous presence of a great tree and wouldn’t let me pass.

With the political, economic and natural events of the past few years we’re already a world in deep transformation in so many ways. Add to that a spiritual or cultural practice of thinking about new beginnings at this time of year. Then add the results of the recent presidential election in the U.S. and falling apart starts to look all too easy. Reconstitution, on the other hand, seems a lot more challenging.

How, then, do we go on?

Is there a way to fall apart and reconstitute with grace and intention?

Absolutely. You’ve probably already done it at least once in your life. And…my intuition tells me that a reminder and maybe a pep talk would be helpful 🙂

Falling apart and reconstitution … destruction and rebirth … out with the old and in with the new … however we talk about it we’re still engaged in the endless natural rhythm of the life cycle. Since natural cycles are our template, reconstitution will always follow falling apart.

So here’s the reminder… Whenever possible, consciously fall apart and reassemble. Sticking your head in the sand until collapse happens means it takes lots longer to reconstitute, and the results are far less predictable. Stay engaged and aware. Pay attention to the gut feeling that says, “There’s something up or off or wrong.”

Preparing to deeply meet the possibilities of the new goes beyond making resolutions or even intentions. It invites you to connect with the building resonance of the new possibility being born. To become a holy part of its rising presence by adding your unique voice and perspective.

And here’s the pep talk … Consciously falling apart and reconstituting takes time, courage, and the willingness to see yourself and the beliefs on which you rest your life with absolute honesty. It also takes staying present with the uncomfortable results of falling apart: confusion, pain, disillusionment, grief, anger, and actively partnering in your own reconstitution so the new reality is truly an evolutionary step, not just a different flavor of what just collapsed. I know you can do that. I believe in you.


Rewritten and republished 12-28-16. Originally published 12-28-2011 under the title “What Does The New Year Hold?”

6 Replies to “Meeting the New Reality”

  1. Tracie, you echo earth’s call so gracefully. And your words “willingness to see yourself and the beliefs you rest your life on with absolute honesty” . . . are beautifully stated with openness. Thanks for the reminder, challenge, and courage giving.


  2. I *want* to copy and paste pretty much all of this, but especially this bit:

    “Sticking your head in the sand until collapse happens means it takes lots longer to reconstitute, and the results are far less predictable. Stay engaged and aware. Pay attention to the gut feeling that says, “There’s something up or off or wrong.””

    Just so much YES to all of this. I keep finding myself on the verge of going all ostrich-like, and then remembering (more or less!) what you talk about here. In the end, it helps nothing and no one.. so it’s not my ideal choice. 🙂

    Thanks for (re) sharing your beauty & wisdom.


  3. Your words are so appropriate for me right now. I was recently diagnosed with rectal cancer and I think the next year for me will be about falling apart and getting put back together (minus a few parts). I decided not to think of chemo and radiation as poison – but as tough love. I’m calling the teams my tough love buddies. Not sure I wanted this much challenge – but here it is. I’m hoping when I put myself back together I’ll be stronger. I know I’ll be much more empathetic to those going through similar challenges.


    1. Chari, what a wise approach to take. I have a dear friend who calls her chemo “dragon medicine.” (She, of course, considers dragons allies.) I think calling your teams “tough love buddies” is brilliant!

      I’m honored my words resonated for you, now. I have no doubt you’ll reconstitute as a stronger and more empathetic woman, if that’s your intention.


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