If we are fortunate, every so often we find a sweet spot in life . . . a time when our relationships and circumstances seem just right. We are thriving and feel safe and happy. And then something outside of our control happens. Life changes—even though we don’t want it to.
The first time I experienced it, I was only eight. My dad was starting a new career, and we had to relocate half-way across the country. I remember the anxiety and sadness I felt over having to leave the only home I had ever known.
Similar feelings resurfaced as my high school days came to a close. I dreaded the transition that would scatter my close friends and propel me into the unknown. Yet the hands of time dictated that a season in my life was over.
As an adult, the pattern has repeated itself several times when circumstances beyond my control changed my world. Sometimes it happened suddenly, like the day my house went up in flames. Other times it was a longer-term process, such as experiencing the stages of eldercare.
And now, I feel it happening again. Continue reading