Embracing change is a personal decision, but the need to change is a constant.
No matter how ideal life or business is at the moment.
I’ve been vibrantly aware of this during the past several months as my family has joyously celebrated two graduations, a wedding, a career shift, and a move. Now that we are at a pause in the summer of change (two moves yet to go) I’m catching my breath and contemplating change.
You can make change a way of life. Be the early adopter, grab hold of every trend and gadget that passes near enough to touch. Being buffeted by every gust that hits doesn’t exactly make setting sail an easy proposition.
You can resist change with all your might, and for a while keep your finger plugged in the dam. Won’t stop the dampness though and when it’s time to move your feet will likely be stuck in the mud.
So I’ve decided to embrace the summer of change. My daughter has gone west with a great guy. I’m told walking her down the aisle would be the toughest job I’ve had in a while, but truth is it was a joy. More a time to skip than shuffle. It was a glimpse of all the possibles in front of her and her love.
My son is off to IU starting his musical journey. It’s a special time when you get to focus with all your might on your passion. He composed a quartet to celebrate his sister’s wedding. Hard to be sad when I’m actually feeling blessed and jealous.
The misses and I will be saying goodbye to Park Ridge this summer. She already set up a base camp in Bloomington and it will be good to see our long distance commute finally come to an end. Picking up roots ain’t easy, but family is a great anchor when the landscape is changing. Besides, I’m looking forward to getting back to irritating my sweetie seven days a week. We’re good for each other.
So, this is my summer of change. It may be yours as well.
I hope you find the balance between wandering and stuck that lets you move forward with joy in your heart.
To get you off on the right foot here’s String Quartet Number 1 composed by Matthew K Schlegel to celebrate his sister’s marriage. Performed by the Mezzo Polipo Quartet with Ryan Murphy (Violin I), Hannah Baukert (Violin II), Eric Hollander (Viola), and Shea Acott (Cello).