Of course … all that was only on our calendar. They were our plans for the month – but, they never happened. Most never will. Along with your plans and all the routine, ordinary events of what we considered everyday life. What we took for granted.
When I established this blog several months ago, I wanted to share my thoughts about life as I dealt with constant changes. As I became the “new Norm L”. But just weeks ago, no one really envisioned how drastically life would change and how soon. Now, it seems like there is some sort of expectation that people want to hold on to – I know I do – that things will “return to normal”.
Time to let go of that expectation, at least from my perspective.
In order to take hold of something, first, you must have a free hand. Letting go of hopes, expectations – long held dreams and goals – is almost like a loss. But letting go of what your life was already like – all the things you took for granted, that seemed guaranteed to just be the way they were forever – that is a different kind of difficult. My friends, we MUST face that challenge, individually and together, to build a new life that has meaning.
Our future will be much better, and we will find our way to it easier, by not expecting it to be “what it used to be”. What do you, or I, need to release from our expectations? Maybe that is worth thinking about for a while. Because being a prisoner to what “ought to be” prevents us from enjoying what is, and what can be. It takes strength to hold on – and strength to let go – but it takes wisdom to know when to do either. And faith.
It is not easy to practice gratitude for things that aren’t the way you want them to be. But for me, this is the time to do just that. To be thankful in the midst of all this, to express hope for an uncertain future – that is a light in the murky greys ahead. A light for now, and for tomorrow.