Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ch-ch-ch-changes ...



A friend who has been engaged for three years has finally agreed to marry her fiance. She swallowed hard (she is a commitment phobe) and just said YES. A client who has been fighting cancer for almost ten years has decided to let go, stop pummeling his body with treatments. He will try to stay comfortable. He will leave the hospital, go home and "fly away" as Steven would say, among dear ones. Another client who Could Not Ever Sleep took up rowing and kayaking this summer - out of blue or so she says. She has figured out she belongs on the water. She is Sleeping Like a Baby.

Though there is still a smallish mountain of boxes in my living room, I am in my new space. After nine years on Tennessee Avenue, just like that (sound of fingers snapping), I'm in my own domain. Wow.

This is a summer of transformation for so many of us. I know I say this all the time, but I am in awe. Years drag by sometimes during which it seems that nothing changes. (I know that's not true.) But then, out of the nowhere, everything is different. What series of events, which configurations of the stars, what oh what is it that sets the stage for these transformations?

Don't ask me to explain it. I have no clue how it works or why it works this way. I am loving this summer. I am in love with this summer. Life is change, change is inevitable. In spite of a serious learning curve, I embrace the changes I've experienced so so so much. I am grateful beyond words. Oh yeah.

Salaam and Shalom, y'all.

11 comments:

Linda Sue said...

Changes have been creeping up on me as well- for a while I thought it would be a huge big change but am now settling in on a smaller change...but, yeah- you are so right- seems to be that way for many of my friends as well. If you can't explain it - it just can not be explained I reckon.

Rebecca Clayton said...

My life has generally proceded on the seven-year itch plan, and this year is not a seventh, but there is something changing in the air. I'm so glad your changes are wonderful!

steven said...

reya - yeah so true! this summer i have stepped out of the little box of my own creation and ridden with other people and shared the most intimate of experiences for me which is suffering inwardly and outwardly for something much bigger than my tiny self and i've found that i'm much stronger and deeper than i thought and i can see myself in relief against the perception of myself as a younger person and it feels and is really good! there's more to come of course and i;m not really thinking about when or why i just know it's right there which is wickedgood of course!! steven

Nancy said...

I agree - it is a summer of changes. Wow.

Reya Mellicker said...

Steven I suspect many (most?) of us are far stronger than we suspect.

The Bug said...

This has felt like a summer of change for us too - two incomes, a garden for the first time... Those two things alone have changed the course of our days.

Val said...

i have a couple of friends who ahve been struggling along with their issues - one family drama, and the other business gone bad - and i am really hoping for positive changes for them both as this swing is in the air. i feel it. i do. so glad you are happy in your new spot!xx

Bill and Lauren said...

love your pictures. and your blog. thanks for writing. i love reading each day and seeing what amazing photos you have posted.

Val said...

cant get that song out of my head now :-)

Pauline said...

"out of the nowhere, everything is different."

ah but reya, nowhere is really now here :)

Amanda said...

i love your attitude about change..... as i get older i realize we should just give up trying to fight it all the time and try embracing it......

for a change