Change Upon Change
The way of life is a journey, a journey along a winding path. “All rising to great place is by a winding stair”, wrote Francis Bacon. Cause and effect, input and output, force and impact: The mechanistic world is made up of “shortest distances,” straight lines on a flat surface. But life fishtails its way across an undulating landscape. If you want too live, you need to give yourself over to the way of transition — to let go when life presents you with a time of ending, to abandon yourself to the neutral zone when that is where you find yourself, to seize the opportunity to make a new beginning when that moment presents itself.
William Bridges, “The Way of Transition: Embracing Life’s Most Difficult Moments
Transitions just keep happening.
Again and again and again.
Soon I will learn it’s the way of the world.
When it happens to me,
It’s earth shattering and feels like
Time should stop traveling.
But then I survive.
Day by day by day.
And even begin to live.
Then it happens to someone else.
Even those I love.
My 89 year old mother,
Moving to a new assisted living.
Saying goodbye to the people and place of the familiar.
Opening to something new and different.
To being closer to us.
Gift wrapped up in the reality of change,
And all that brings with it.
My middle son,
A plant which thrives on being watered by Kenya;
Embarking on a new adventure.
One that can’t begin until he says goodbye to the last one.
It’s risky, and takes courage.
He’s holding his breath and jumping in the deep end.
Even without knowing how far it is to the shore.
Or where exactly the shore is.
May he discover all the love that buoys him up.
The possibilities of transition are breathtaking.
An incredible invitation to real life!
“The whole life of the individual is nothing but the process of giving birth to himself: Indeed, we should be fully born when we die, although it is the tragic fate of most individuals to die before they are born.”