December 22      

Today's quotation:

Life is a thing of many stages and moving parts.  What we do with ease at one time of life we can hardly manage at another.  What we could not fathom doing when we were young, we find great joy in when we are old.  Like the seasons through which we move, life itself is a never-ending series of harvests, a different fruit for every time.

Joan Chittister

Today's Meditation:

I wish more of us could celebrate the changes and shifts of life rather than fighting them.  I can't and won't do many things that I used to do as a young man, but that's okay by me-- I do plenty now that I never did then, and I enjoy what I do greatly.  Somehow we get the idea in our mind that we have to stay the same, that the person we are right now has to be the same as the person we were ten or fifteen years ago, or ten or fifteen years from now.  The truth is, though, that we really don't.

Life gives us seasons, just as a year gives us seasons.  I can ski in the winter, but I can't do so naturally in the summer, and that's not something that anyone complains about, is it?  Twenty years ago I could run faster than I can now, and that's fine with me; when I was younger I used to like to read comic books, but now they don't interest me in the least.  It's not that I dislike them now-- I just don't feel like reading them any more.

Usually when I read about people who are encouraging us to recognize and appreciate the seasons of life, the word that I see most is "graceful."  We need to gracefully move from age to age, from one stage of life to another.  Even in the "Desiderata," one of the most important lines challenges us to "gracefully surrender the things of youth."  I love the seasons of the year, and I've come to love the seasons of my life, too.

Just because we respect the seasons of life, though, doesn't mean we can't keep on doing things that we love doing.  No, I don't run like I did years ago, but I still run because I love to do so.  I'm not a little child any more, but I do like watching cartoons (good ones, anyway) and laughing.  Let's allow the seasons of life to bring their changes to us, but let's also continue to enjoy the things that we truly enjoy without thinking that we're "supposed" to stop doing them just because we've passed a certain age.

Questions to consider:

What does it mean to you to allow yourself to change with the seasons that life gives to you?

What are some of the things that different seasons of your life have offered you?

Why do so many of us have a hard time giving up things that were much more suited to a previous season than for the current one?

For further thought:

We all know that if the seasons were the same, there would be no growth.  We know that without winter there would be no spring.  We know that without frosts there would be no bulbs and without the monsoon there would be no rice harvest.  In the same way, we also know that without sorrow there would be no joy.  Without pain there would be no healing.  I think that's precisely where the beauty comes in.  It comes in through the fruit of the seasons.  He has indeed made everything beautiful in its time.

Naomi Reed
My Seventh Monsoon

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