“Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine.” Robert C. Gallagher
My mailbox has been full this month! I’ve received graduation announcements, wedding invitations, and invites to retirement parties. In my own life, I have one daughter who just graduated from college and will be starting a new job next month and another daughter who left the working world and will be attending graduate school.
As I pondered these transitions, I realized our lives are constantly changing. I heard once that “change is the norm”; we are always evolving and in motion. I know as a Mom, there were seasons of change that I wasn’t prepared for and to be honest, often didn’t want to happen (as if I had control over that!) But, I am grateful God grabbed my attention while my daughters were young and showed me how amazing each new season was and I could either participate with joy or regret!
Some seasons of change are hard… like the ending of my 30-year marriage. Other seasons of change are exciting… I have several relatives and friends expecting babies! So I guess it really is true, life goes on! I don’t know about you, but I want my life to move forward with expectation and joy!
So, how do we move through transitions? As someone who likes to have a list or a plan, I have several things I do when these seasons happen in my own life:
- Make a list of 5 things you will miss and 5 things you are looking forward to in this new season. Take the time to process and possibly grieve the season you are leaving so you can totally embrace the season you are entering.
- Make a scrapbook or memory box of mementos you want to keep that take you back to this time in your life. Refer to it when you want to “remember”.
- Journal through this process of transition. It helps to get your thoughts down on paper or the computer. It’s also helpful to go back and read these entries later. You will be able to start or add to your own list of ways to move through transitions.
- Find scriptures and/or quotes that are healing and uplifting to you. Write them on note cards and carry in your purse, tape on your bathroom mirror, etc., for constant reference.
- Talk to women who have made it to the other side! One of our greatest resources is each other!
- Most of all, pray that God will allow you to fully embrace the changes He brings into your life!
Here’s where I’d like your help and input… I know many of you have great ways of dealing with change and transitions. Please take a moment to share with us … I’d like to add to my list!