We hosted our first “summer family dinner” of the year this week and I couldn’t help but look around me and take note of the changes that have taken place over the last four years since we began these gatherings. One very special person is no longer present, and four more are moving on to exciting new life adventures and will shortly leave our table as well.
When these thoughts of change began to surface, I started to feel that all-too-familiar sense of anxiety, sadness and dread seeping into my veins. I wanted to push those feelings down deeper, think about them another day. But then I thought to myself, No. I want to be fully present in this moment right now. I want to feel the rawness of these feelings of loss and change, because it is out of these feelings that I am able to also experience real and true happiness. For it is not until we fall down into the earth, that we are able to grapple and stand erect again, with our feet firmly rooted in the soil, stronger and more prepared for what lies ahead.