To Everything There is a Season

(Read in :025)“Embrace the current season of your life.” ~Gabrielle Blair

What a challenge! How very human we are to be discontent with whatever season we’re in. When we’re young we want to be older and when we’re old we wish we could be young again. I live in a gray area of the sandwich generation, far from young but still a long way from being truly elderly. I can see both ends of the continuum from where I sit and who is truly happy with where they are in life?

From time to time, if we’re lucky, we experience fleeting “Kodak moments” when we wish we could freeze time. Other times we just grit our teeth and try to make it through difficult stretches of life that challenge our will. Spring seems to bring our emotions into full bloom with all the new beginnings, new birth and the greening of the earth. Why is it we often feel pangs of sorrow at those very times when we should be embracing the now?

A time to every purpose under heaven

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is an often quoted  Old Testament scripture but I’ll bet more people can recite the verses because of The Byrds than the King James. Let me help you. “To everything turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn turn.” The song hit #1 in December of 1965 and the message was immortalized.

Maybe so, but it’s a message we have “refrained from embracing” completely. We’re fine with the parts about being born, singing, dancing and embracing but when it comes time to keep silent, die and mourn we want to change the tune fast.

Living in our unique season

The only way we can live authentically is to embrace each day smack dab in the present moment. Now is where we are and all we can ever be sure of. We lose the precious present if we’re always trying to live in yesterday or tomorrow. Love where you are right now. Young? Enjoy your boundless energy! Middle age? Enjoy the perspective and wisdom you have acquired! See the seeds of what you have planted bearing fruit. Old? You have been given the gift of a long life and blessed with more experiences and memories than many ever see.

Today I had the unique experience of spending time with four generations, something that would have seldom happened a hundred years ago when life expectancy was a little more than half of what it is today. So live your life, embrace the season you are in and reap the rewards. You must be present to win!

“Life is long if you know how to use it.” ~ Seneca, On the Shortness of Life 

This piece, written in about 50 AD attests to the fact that humans have wrestled with the problem for centuries. It’s worth taking a look, dear ones! Have a fantastic weekend, see you Monday! Please invite a friend to subscribe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Comments

  • Traci Runge

    My Facebook feed has been riddled with graduation pictures and posts from sad mamas about to watch their very first leave the nest. I can honestly say I am thrilled not to have one graduating this year, my heart needed the rest ? I also know after experiencing it three times that it IS survivable and along with the emptiness comes a newness as well. This little human that you loved and nurtured and protected becomes this beautiful person and eventually a friend.

    We are definitely on the downhill slope as our youngest is a fifth grader and we will complete our last of nineteen consecutive years at our elementary a week from today. It brings tears to my eyes when I think of how quickly time has passed, but when all my babies are together and our home is filled with laughter and cuddles and deep discussions I am thrilled with the beautiful season we are in.

    Thank you for the reminder.

    • Betty Streff

      Families have those incredibly rich moments as our children become adults because of the tapestry that has been woven from all the little threads of being present in the now. It is an incredible blessing. The history of a lifetime is crafted from a whole string of little experiences that come from living in the moment.

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