“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is Love.” – Sophocles
Everything does happen for a reason; there is a season and a time for everything, which will get you prepared for the next journey in your life. Even though we may not feel ready for the abrupt change(s) or feel prepared for the timing of an unexpected event, we always have the power to adjust, and re-adjust when necessary. Life is always evolving, and definitely not making it easy for you to figure it out; but it will embrace you once you have made up your mind to accept the life-changing circumstance or situation that has occurred. Why? Because Love has your back and is ready to support you through it all.
Whether it be the loss of a job that you worked very hard at for 25+ years but you are no longer valued or needed, a loved one suddenly dies, or your spouse of 20+ years no longer wants to be married to you. Which, now makes you a single parent (something I would not wish on my worst foe), where EVERYTHING with any kind of responsibility falls into your lap, and all you can think about is that your kid(s) need to know that EVERYTHING is okay. So, you smile at them through the invisible tears streaming down on the inside. Disappointment sets in, your fragile hearts goes limp when you are at wits end; you may end up wanting to just give up on life too.
So, why now, why the sudden change of events that have turned your life upside down? Well, the possibility is that this change of events could be a Life Lesson guiding you to learn to accept that change in life is natural, just like our four seasons. Spring is quickly approaching, then comes summer (which is generally too hot for me), that then transitions to winter (which is my favorite, I get to ski down the mountain), and after that is the fall (another favorite of mine; love the foliage–BEAUTIFUL). Now, the changes that come between and lead us into those seasons can be calming, smooth transitions, but they can also be violent, causing damage and havoc. But, how does one truly prepare for a knock-out, gut-wrenching punch? It isn’t always as simple as battening down the hatches or moving to a different region; storms occur any- and everywhere. You can try to prepare for life like you do the weather, but it’s hard when life can be equally as unpredictable.
If we think about this for a moment…
Let’s think of ourselves as trees… Yes, I know that we are not trees; but like trees, we can stand tall through all the seasons, and come back every year stronger, more beautiful and vibrant. The deadliest of the seasons is winter. It can be brutal, harsh; it can literally strip a tree down to its barest essentials–exposing its true vulnerability. All the while, the tree stands strong (some do), rooted and nearly stoic in its appearance. And when you come upon that same tree during the spring and summer, you are in awe of its beauty.
That could be you.
Regardless of your circumstances, situation, or unexpected dilemma… I guarantee that you can come back from this and be stronger, smarter, wiser, and wearing a beautiful, radiant smile. The good news is that when you do regroup, make improvements, changes that are definitely beneficial to your wellbeing and that of your family; your transformation in strength will speak to your success. So, choose to hang in there, because it is better to be hopeful and eager to see what life has to offer you.
So, during the FALL…
I look to Love–where Awareness can stand in front of me and say, “You are loved and congrats on weathering the storm!”