Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.” ~Robert FrostAs I prepare to move once again, there is change in the air. Not just in my own life but in the world all around me. This time of year brings with it a feeling of last moments to enjoy before the winter arrives with all it’s own character.
I feel that way about my life right now too! So much going on now, so much in transition- just like the leaves before they all fall. Some last moments of brilliance and then renewal.
I’ll be moving again a bit sooner than planned. My two oldest children now both will be moved out and beginning a new season of their own lives, it parallels the changes coming in my own. So I can’t help but feel that the winter that lies ahead will be an adjustment in many ways: a new home, new part of the country, new job, new friends, new plans, new challenges, new, new, new.
Dealing With Change
With the beginning of something new there is an end to something of the past. Change is part of all our lives, and prominently part of the military one. Here’s a few things that help me deal with change:
- Being open minded. Keeping a positive outlook even if I feel like our new assignment isn’t what I wanted.
- Giving thanks for the good times and friends I have made. This helps me recognize they a have been a gift for a time, and I can adapt to the change knowing that.
- Making plans to keep in touch. I used to overlook this but knowing I can see my friends (and in this case my grown kids) again and talk to them whenever I want, sure makes leaving easier because it’s not forever.
- Savoring the adventure. Moving and exploring and having new things can be fun. Even though I am a creature of habit and like consistency, I’m learning to embrace new things and look forward them.
- Reaching out to others and not focusing on myself so much. This one is sorely overlooked. When you reach out to others, you forget about yourself and benefit from the experience of others. Write a caring letter or just keep your eye out for someone in need. If you don’t know of anyone then pray for someone you don’t even know.
As the leaves begin the end their brilliance next week and fall to the ground I know it will speak to me about my own letting go. I pray today that I can learn from the beauty of the world that God has placed around me and begin to let go of the old and embrace a time of renewal.
With JOY and gratitude I look forward to the future. Here’s my Thankful Thursday list:
- I love Thankful Thursday Link Up-and her Monday Meditations.
- The good times I have had with my children. My kids are one of the greatest gifts from God I have ever been given.
- The changing season. It’s been beautiful here this week and has ministered to me.
- The past and all the wonderful people, places, and experiences I have had the joy to be part of.
- The future and all the unknown blessings it holds.
- My husband, for his love and support. For being a man of God and a promise keeper.
- Holiday time. We often move during holiday time. There’s nothing better than that to remind you of the reason for the season, it’s a blessing to be moving during the holidays.
What are you Thankful for today?