By this age I have discovered that change is the only constant thing about life.
Our bodies alone are always morphing into something new; over a 24 hour period we loose almost a million skin cells. We were born a baby, grew to toddlerhood, then childhood, then teenhood, and finally on to adulthood.
These changes are reflected in our lives. Our priorities shift and alter as we pass through the various ages and stages.
And then, of course, there are the changes that are individual to our own personal lives. People come and go. Things that were once so important, become a distant memory. Busy houses filled with children’s laughter become a little quieter and a little more adult.
Sometimes life will take us down paths we would never have chosen for ourselves. We may become
We have experienced a “shake up” call. We become acutely aware that control is an illusion; that certain aspects of life are beyond our command.
What we do have control over, though, is our response to the various happenings life tosses our way.
I have found that when I let go of what I think my life should be, and I accept life as it really is, a tremendous space opens. I now have room to replant and revamp. I have room to enjoy what I previously did not envision.
I know that life sometimes brings suffering. I have suffered myself in the past.
But I have discovered something that has helped; a little shift in perspective that has added insight to what previously may have looked dismal.
I have learned that when I focus on “should be’s”, my life becomes a closed box. But when I open my eyes to the truth of what “really is”, I become free to enjoy and to create new things. And, yes, I also become free to cry things out, to grieve, to be sad. All feelings are normal and natural. I believe in accepting and embracing all emotions before they can be laid down and let go of. Only then are we prepared to truly move forward in peace and confidence. And we are always moving forward. We have no other choice. Time ticks by and propels us into the future whether we are digging our heels in, kicking and screaming or whether we are gently accepting the change.
By all means, I believe in holding on to my dreams. I fight for the future I want.
But I also know that it’s important for me to find ways to love the here and now. And I allow the here and now to assist me in shaping the future.
It’s in the choices I make right now,
It’s the way I endeavour to find beauty and lessons in the present moment,
It’s in those silent prayers of gratitude for what is, what was, and what will become,
It’s in letting go of the preconceived plans of how life should go and embracing the life journey that really exists for me.
By this point in life, I have faith in two things:
The first being my track record for successfully navigating any challenge (or joy, or crisis, or loss) that life has offered so far, is One Hundred Percent. That’s pretty good odds. Please remember that we are all working with these odds;
The second would be, I have complete trust in our Beautiful Creator*. I know that I may have one thing in mind that I believe is good and I believe I want. However, when I let go of what I think I want/need (and I let go of any residual bitterness, anger or resentment at not getting my way), I find I am led to a future that is beautiful beyond anything I could envision for myself. Please understand that I am not saying this facetiously. Some of the paths I have walked have been extremely hard. Yet pressing on has paid off.
At the end of the day, Life itself is gift enough.
In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity – Albert Einstein
*I respect every person’s interpretation of what “Beautiful Creator” would mean. To some, this may be “The Universe”, to other’s “God”, or “Nature”, et cetera.