I have read this before, but it struck a chord with me today as I reread it. … Woman, don’t forget your worth. Cherish it. Wear it with confidence, but, also, wear it with all humility and grace. 😉
“It’s not the end. It’s only a new beginning…”
A good friend shared this revelation with me as he had just been diagnosed with a curable sickness and was beginning to learn to eat differently and take some new medications in order to feel better…all at an age well over 60.
I said goodbye to a precious woman the other day, a goodbye that will last until I see her again in eternity. She was a strong lady of character, dignity and grace. Her family is starting each new day with her absence, learning to grieve, to cope, to live again.
Some great friends of ours moved away to another state months ago. We probably won’t see them but maybe once or twice a year now. They are greeting new friends and learning to grow and adjust in a new home, city and surroundings.
Our sons started a new school endeavor this year. They are no longer taught in the classroom but now receive all their instructions virtually through the Internet and tutoring videos. They are beginning to transition and learn new ways of communication and knowledge gathering.
In all these things, and in so many more, we close one chapter in our lives; yet, another is quickly opened. We may no longer have the comfort zones of our past, but in the new, we learn to thrive. That’s what life is all about.
So, when changes come and transitions must be made, try not to be drowned by losses; look to what is ahead. Those things, and those people, will surely be missed, but if we remain stagnant in our grief, we will never be able to embrace the new which is ahead. We will never be able to start on the new beginnings, and growth will fall beyond our grasp.
So, reminisce over what was; cherish those memories. However, don’t stay there without forward motion, or you will surely miss the sweet moments which can be treasured ahead.
One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite authors might sum up this little thought…
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss
An empty daughter of depression, with a strong temper and a determined will, she traveled all her life in search of her true inheritance. She had lost her mother as an infant, and her father at the age of seven. Somehow, she fell through the cracks of the state system, and she grew up on the rough side of town, going from place to place, one gang to another just to survive. She would steal for them, make distractions for them, and even turn tricks for them; anything they told her, she would do. This lifestyle made her tough, a rebel from the darker side of town; yet, she hated this life. She knew there had to be more. She wanted a purpose in her life, a reason to love, a reason to hate, a reason to live.
She finally left her gang, at the age of seventeen, determined to find a better place and a new life for herself. She remembered her father telling her stories of his past and of her mother. He had told her of a rich heritage, lots of wealth and success; however, each of them had been disowned, because they were determined to marry outside the families’ prestigious arrangements. The young girl thought, maybe, perhaps, a chance meeting would make the difference for her………
Penned – MG – began 1/15/90
She was young and beautiful, full of energy and life. She had everything they wanted, beauty, fame and wealth. But she was tired, lonely and confused. She longed for him to take her in his arms and hold her. She fell for his sweet charm and loving smile, never knowing his true intentions. He manipulated and abused her with his little game. He didn’t care. He didn’t feel the pain. And when it was over, he left her to pick up her shattered dreams alone.
Now, she was alone, scarred and ashamed. She had to mend her broken heart while hoping she had enough strength to live through the day. Even now there was a new form inside of her, living, breathing, feeling. But she established a solution for this “dilemma”…Destroy it before it is even born.
She took the unborn out of its place. Stole it’s breath of life and heart of love, without ever asking if she could. She destroyed the being so she could go on living….little did she know that tiny part of her could give all the love and joy she so longed for…