Change is inevitable. Sometimes change comes with a rhythm. In the spring we wait until the snow melts and nighttime temperatures stay above freezing before we plant colorful flowers in our garden. We enjoy their beauty all spring and summer until the first frost heralds the coming fall and winter. Then we pull out our warm coats, hats and gloves along with our boots, skis and snowboards. With each seasonal change, the winds shift and invite us to prepare for the future. We might resist the change and find ourselves unprepared for the cold winter or the warm summer days, but the seasons will continue to change whether we are ready or not.
There are many changes in our lives. Some have a predictable rhythm like the seasons and some do not. We watch our children grow from newborns to toddlers learning to walk and then to become kindergarteners starting school. Eventually they graduate high school and venture out into the world on their own as they start a career, attend college and/or explore the world. Each one of us has been on that journey. We have also found ourselves suddenly thrust into an unforeseen situation when a crisis hit like an accident, loss of a loved one or the COVID pandemic. We felt out of control.
Throughout our lives, we continue to find ourselves in changing situations. Each time we start a new job, move to a new town, or retire, it is like starting over in many ways as we learn to navigate the unfamiliar territory and new relationships. We can choose to resist the accompanying changes and try to live life as we always have. If we do, mostly likely we will get buffeted to and fro by the winds of change. Disappointment and road blocks will arise.
Alternatively, we can welcome the opportunity to grow as we discover how to thrive in the new environment. If we remember that there is no place where God is not, we can see the power and presence of Spirit everywhere. This inner knowing frees us to practice gratitude for every experience, situation, person, thought, feeling and emotion in our lives. With open hearts and minds, any apparent blockages are cleared, and we can dance with the winds of change.
Love and light,