This little plant needs a new home. It was a gift from a friend at a tai chi class, and it needs room to put down roots and grow.
Transplanting can be hard on a plant, which must be, literally, uprooted. The earth is shaken, the solidity of the ground disturbed. Could it be a threat to survival? Perhaps. But fortunately, most plants manage to survive the insult and accept new territory.
The term “trans” is in the zeitgeist right now, with transgender individuals claiming space in the sociocultural and political landscape. But “trans-” has been an important prefix for a long time: transition, transformation, transmutation. It comes from Latin and can mean or
I am in a period of “trans” myself right now. I have a sense of being transplanted, carried through to somewhere new inside myself. Changing thoroughly. Like so many internal changes, this one comes in fits and starts, advances and regressions, one day certain and the next a question mark.
What I most want to know is, “What does this mean in my life? What changes do I make? What do I do?” I want to yank myself up from the ground and free my roots from their old space, but I don’t yet see the new territory. I am stymied by not knowing, even while I know this: knowing comes upon invitation but not demand, and the best thing to do is write. To let the ideas come that we most resist, to trust we’ll act when we are ready, and to be brave enough to change as change presents itself.
Wondering about change? This is your cue to write!
Questions for Reflection: Transplant, transition, transmute: what “trans” word speaks to you today? What do you notice about yourself when you are going through changes? How is change presenting itself to you in your life now?
Writing Prompts: “Right now I’m going through changes around ______ and I really wish I could ______” (then keep writing); “This post reminds me of when I made the transition ______” (then keep writing); “I know that I am changing thoroughly because I see myself ______” (then keep writing); “When it comes to ______, I really need to be transplanted so I can ______.”