Transition; movement, change, mid-metamorphosis… the words all stick in my throat like a dry piece of bread eaten after hearing terrible news. Yet in the deepest recesses of my core i know i must spend time (even if just a moment) in transition because some new season is ahead, beckoning. Those were my initial thoughts when challenged to blog ‘How do you intend to transition into the new season?’ with Kat at August Moon 13.
Yet as i sit here at my craft desk, with my laptop while my kids are on ‘recess’ i take a moment. Among the half-finished projects piled high and school marking piled even higher, i am reminded that i have always had itchy feet and a thirst to experience new things and usually thrive on transitions. I love that quote by William G.T. Shedd that says:
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
I tend to run through the seasons of life, learn lessons as quick as i can in order to keep moving forwards, always aiming for better, stronger, higher, more freedom, cooler adventures. Yet because this year has been constant strings of transitions, i have been balking at some of the changes. It all feels too much after a huge year: Moving house (complicated and exhausting when not much goes right), which brings new neighbourhoods to get lost in, more shopping centre car parks to lose my car in, new church, new hairdressers and beauty therapists who don’t understand my body… i also moved my son from informal home schooling to a formal distance ed program, and my husband has changed jobs with huge new responsibilities… Due to so many things i have not just passed through the transition phase but lived in it. Because it went on so long the adrenalin and excitement that usually carries me through transitions dissipated and after 8 months i was getting exhausting.
Just this week we feel like we’ve finally entered a new phase, a restful phase where time will be spent pondering instead of plodding, and resting instead of running about, contemplating instead of climbing obstacles. We feel more organised, more focused, and our finances are out of crisis.
So how am i intending to transition into the new season – one of rest? With arms open, beckoning to the change and yelling “It’s so good to see you! You are welcome to stay as long as you like!”
I am thankful for a new phase.
I am thankful for small joys i’ve had all year, God is good.
I anticipate big joys ahead.