Photograph: 'Breaking Free' by P. Grodecki
This Week’s Quote: "Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future." ~ Audrey Hepburn
I believe that we never stop growing and re-defining who we are, according to our life experiences. Nothing and no one is static, but at times it surprises me to what degree we often fight and resist change. We may as well put ourselves and the world around us inside a glass case to try to preserve this moment! Although this fantasy is an appealing one at times, life becomes so much more enjoyable when we let go of similar idealistic ideas and simply flow with the times, allowing life to happen around us and to us, accepting change as it comes.
Now that April has arrived, I find myself just a couple of months away from returning to my full-time job and saying au revoir to my oh-so-peaceful maternity leave lifestyle. Walking down the street with my friend, each of us pushing our babies in strollers in front of us, I suddenly uttered, “Oh, how I’m going to miss these days when I return to work!” The warm afternoon sunshine and cool spring breeze on my face were a definite treat, especially in early April. Add to that feeling warm while wearing short sleeves and it’s no wonder I capriciously, and without much thought, wished to capture and preserve this moment.
If we were to put this moment inside a glass case, we are bound to stop and admire what’s behind the glass for only a short time. After a while, we would only stop to glance at it briefly when passing by, and finally, we would cease to notice it altogether as it would become just another useless decoration. Instead of feeling sad or sorry for myself about the prospect of leaving behind entire days spent with my son, I just as quickly decide to enjoy every moment with as much intensity as I can muster. And truly, why do we mourn the happy times in our lives, thinking that things will never be the same again? Life happens, so I’m going to simply let it continue to happen and enjoy the ride.
This week, I invite you to take some time to reflect on how you perceive change in your life. Do you tend to focus on the ending of time, or the beginning of a new time? What helps you to transition from one chapter in your life into another?
Perhaps you are also currently facing an inevitable ending and anticipating – or maybe the sentiment is antonymous with anticipation – the beginning of a new chapter in your life. I would enjoy reading about it, if you’d like to share your story.
Affirmation: I welcome change into my life, in its myriad forms.
Wishing you a peaceful week!