Monday, December 29, 2014

Transformations and Launchings

Our cells last at most seven years.  The earth is never still. Change is what life is about. If you are "I am against" change, your life is pretty difficult.  If you love to have "new" in your life, than change is a great thing.  

Most change is a slow process. We are don't really even notice it.  An extra pound, a perennial sending out a few shoots, hair going grey, a bit of light creeping back into the day. These are do-able changes.  It is the sudden that makes us all uncomfortable.  The death of a loved one, a building being removed, sudden break of a bone.  

What we don't often realize is that while the event was sudden, there were warning signs.  A known underlying weakness. A slow emptying of a long occupied building, deep circles under the eyes, an extra cookie. We are sometimes too busy to put the clues together. It is only after the event that we have great insight into the event.  While we are often shocked by the end-event, we knew at some level it was coming.  We see the trees and fail to see the forest.  

Meb took off several days with our car and drove to see Grandma Mary.  22 and her first road trip, solo.  

So this might not be a huge event for most but it has been so long in coming that as she drove away, I had to smile.  
16 Drivers-ED
17 Expiration of permit
18 Renew Permit
19 Expiration of Permit
20 Renew Permit.
21 Drivers License
21 Road Trip to Niagara Falls

5200 miles later.... 

Long process.  Slow Process. 
Satisfying Process. 

Not all turn out this way. Sometimes the end result is less pleasant.  Dad's death 4 years ago. Some weird bruises on the top of your child's feet. A pair of pants that don't fit anymore.  But change is happening all the time and we cannot stop it.  No matter what we do. No amount of white plastic boxes or labels or time on our smart phones will keep the world from its constant forward motion.  We have to sit back and enjoy the ride.  

2015 is here.  It came without our efforts.  Time to make the most of it. Because it is all we can do.

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