A Simple Path – To Turning Pages

By on May 19, 2013

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“The beginning is always today.” ~ Mary Shelley

Like books, our lives can be measured in chapters. Several chapters have already been written in my life: childhood, high school, college and marriage. Other chapters include raising a family, moving to Kansas, starting a blog, and watching my children begin their lives.

Often I’ll re-read these chapters in my mind as I excitedly, and sometimes apprehensively, turn the page and begin writing the next chapter.

After writing these chapters for the past 50 years, I’m still amazed at how each one can end with such a dramatic bang. It’s not that these dramatic endings are bad – just the opposite. These dramatic endings remind me how richly we live and how powerful it is to be alive.

A Farewell Song

A few chapters are ending right now.

My youngest, Emily, is wrapping up middle school. At her spring choir concert last week, she joined hands with her friends as they sang a farewell song.

I could see the tears well in her eyes as she took in the moment. Her life will change in a few months. The safety and familiarity of what she has known for the last three years will soon be replaced by the unknown landscape of high school.

She’s ready to the turn page; although a little unsure of what words she’ll write in the next chapter.

The Bottom of the Ninth

Andrew, my younger son, just arrived home from college for the summer. My son is finishing a chapter that he has been writing most of his life.

Andrew started playing baseball when he was six years old. Today as a college baseball player, he has played more innings than he has done anything else – including being a student, a boyfriend or just being a kid.

The grind of daily practices; staying in crappy hotels and struggling to find time to pursue other interests has been wearing on him to the point that he is considering turning the page and beginning a new chapter. Baseball may, or may not, be included in that chapter.

Andrew may not know the words he’ll write next, but I’m sure when he finds them, each word will show his spirit, courage and heart as much as baseball ever has.

Something Amazing

My new chapter is starting with a new blog. No worries though, The BridgeMaker, isn’t going anywhere. The new blog is in addition to this one. More important, The BridgeMaker will always be the place I call home.

The folks over at Beliefnet.com have invited me to be a writer for their wonderful faith-based community. Beginning on June 1, I will have a blog there called Everyday Inspiration.

So, along with Andrew and Emily, I’m a little afraid about how this new chapter fits into my life, but I have faith that something amazing is waiting for us on the next page.

Sometimes the simple path to turning pages begins with relying on the faith that has helped you write so many incredible chapters before.

Summer is coming and with it, the promise that new chapters are waiting.

My family and I will take the next couple of months to savor the chapters we have already written as we wait in hopeful anticipation to turn the pages that will begin new ones.

I know the words we find will be the right ones – powerful, dramatic and full of promise.

turning pages

What is A Simple Path?

This post is in A Simple Path, a twice-weekly 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.

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  • Pat Ruppel

    Thank you Alex for this story and I like how you framed it in the form of chapters. It’s true. We’re all writing chapters in our lives and in the end we’ll have written a book.

    • http://www.thebridgemaker.com/ Alex Blackwell

      A book that will be the perfect autobiography for each of us – thanks Pat!

      • Pat Ruppel

        Yes Alex – so true and the material for each of us is unique.

  • Sahand

    This blog is my drug! I print most of its posts and read them when i feel disappointed…
    and I’m going to print this one as well :)

    • http://www.thebridgemaker.com/ Alex Blackwell

      Hi Sahand, I’m glad my blog has a positive impact on our life! You inspire me to continue writing for many more years to come!

  • http://www.reflectingalife.com/ Elle

    So thrilled and excited for you Alex and happy that your inspirational words will reach so many more people. What an exciting new chapter for you and I know any trepidation you have will melt away in the love you’ll be receiving from your new (and old) readers.

    Love Elle
    xoxo

    • http://www.thebridgemaker.com/ Alex Blackwell

      if the new readers are anything like you, Elle, and others, I will be completely drenched in love. Thanks so much for inspiring me!