Anticipating the Good
Change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, but we can learn to embrace it while releasing the past with grace. As we close the door on another summer of transitions, (graduations, weddings and memorials) we begin to look forward with anticipation or dread. Sometimes we have so many varying responsibilities in our lives, ranging from work obligations to caring for children, and running a household, we become overwhelmed by it all. However, regardless of how frustrating this can be parameters do make up our lives; we owe it to ourselves to find a way to make it work. Rather than buckling under the pressure of an impossible to-do list, we might take a moment to view the larger perspective. Since change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, why not learn to make our response to it an affirmative one of anticipation, welcoming the new while releasing the past with grace. Rather than attempting to deny that change is occurring, and pushing it away, there are positive ways to move through change.
One thing is to change our perspective by renaming the labels that we use to identify feelings. Reinterpret feelings of anxiety as butterflies that come with eager expectation. With this shift, we begin to look for the good that is on its way to us. Though we may only be able to imagine the possibilities, when we acknowledge that good is there for us to find, we focus our energy on joyful anticipation and bring it into our experience while allowing the feelings to carry us forward. The head of any group, from the nuclear family, to our family here at First Church of Philadelphia must first realize that no one can do every job without the help of others, which is why ours is a shared ministry. The first step to sanity is learning how to delegate some of the responsibility without guilt. Accepting the adjustments needed to make our lives work is an essential ingredient to being at peace with our situation. At the end of the day, we must come to terms with changing what we can, accepting what we cannot change, embracing life as it stands, and anticipating the good.
From My Heart to Yours,