We humans are creatures of habit and the older we become, the more we appreciate that which is predictable. We learn to work around familiar limitations and establish routines that make the most of the positive. However, seasons change, both in the weather and in our daily lives. Fresh green leaves turn red as the weather cools and autumn comes knocking on the door, indicators of more changes waiting just around the corner.
Numerous events over the past couple of weeks have prevented me from posting with the same regularity as before: the birth of a second grandson with more time spent caring for his older brother; the death of my quilting group’s mentor; a new job substituting at a preschool; and final visits with my middle son prior to his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
Some changes are more welcome than others. Some are anticipated, while others come as a complete surprise. We never know what’s around the corner, only that change is imminent and part of life on the planet.
Whether good or bad, change usually brings stress and requires a period of adjustment before bearings can be found again. Nevertheless, new challenges and situations present opportunities for transformation once we dare to break free from our comfort zones. As long as we’re alive, there is potential for growth.
Love is the only flower that grows and blossoms without the aid of the seasons.
~ Kahlil Gibran