When life throws you a curve ball, you have to re-evaluate your position in life. You have to pick up the pieces from what’s changed and put them back together in a new way. You may even have to release some parts of your prior life in order to make room for the new chapter that’s beginning. We have to embrace the change in order to incorporate it into our lives and not be stymied by the upheaval.
There are many defining moments in life that create change. What we forget in times of fluidity and peace is that change is inevitable. Few of us get out of this life alive without challenges, for those are what make this life school a life-long learning process. If we were only to enjoy smooth sailing for a lifetime then we wouldn’t have a chance to grow. By enduring these challenges, we experience change. Life school allows us to connect with others who have endured similar situations in ways that we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. Nobody can understand how devastating a cancer diagnosis is if you haven’t experienced it yourself. Nobody understands the all-encompassing grief that comes with losing a loved one if you haven’t been through it. Empathy comes when you’ve walked a similar path with compassion.
I confess that I would have preferred to not have endured many of the challenges presented to me. I could have done without the trying times that threatened to drown me. But I persevered and through faith, love and friendship, I am still here.
I’ve been through a plethora of life changes as I am sure you have too. Some have been good changes, while others defined me in ways I never thought possible. Breast cancer, deaths of friends, family and loved ones, divorce, financial difficulties, Alzheimer’s in loved ones, just to name a few of the big ones. Through these defining moments of upheaval and life changing events, I have learned one thing for sure: I can survive and remain who I am innately and even be improved by having endured the changes. Challenges, failures and triumphs sprinkled with love, hope, faith and kindness make all the difference.
Keep shining your heartlights!