“When you are through changing, you are through.” ~ Bruce Barton
Change painted my life this year, and it came in different colors. Like a box of 64 Crayola Crayons, the year was colored with bright, happy colors and with somber, unfamiliar ones, too.
The bright colors
My daughter, Caitlin, graduated from college and had the courage to begin a life away from home. I finally started my book, and was approached to publish a second one. The year also brought a long-awaited career promotion.
The somber colors
My brother died without warning, and without the chance to say good-bye. Two months later, a family member was diagnosed with leukemia. The year also brought not-so-good news that my heart continues to grow larger because of an atrial septal aneurysm.
2011 has been a bittersweet year indeed.
While I would give anything to spend one more Christmas with my brother, I understand there was another plan for him. 2011 taught me the Universe has a plan greater than anything I can imagine. These plans can blast happiness into our lives, and they can also bring profound sorrow. Part of the agreement with living comes the understanding that our lives can change in an instant.
2011 taught me when these plans shake me to my core; I can go to my rock and hold on tight.
The year also taught me that change brings awareness. It reminds me to take time to appreciate the finer details, to say, “thank you” more often and to understand that no matter the question before me, love is the answer.
Sometimes I don’t know where all this is going, or how it will work out, but I do know when I surrender and accept change, I find myself a little more at peace with the Universe.
Soon it will be time to color a new year. Along with the familiar reds, greens and blues will be colors that aren’t as familiar. It will be these shades that reveal the year to me; it will be these colors I remember the most.
As for my rock? It’s my faith.
And my faith tells me no matter which colors might be used; I’m here to help color the larger picture. My faith tells me to open my eyes, to see what I can appreciate today and to accept change as a reminder that at least my agreement is still in effect.
What is A Simple Path?
This post is in A Simple Path, a series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.