It’s often been said that the one thing we can count on in life is change. People in our lives come and go through death or growing up and moving away. The empty- nest syndrome is something many parents have to face at some time in their lives and letting go of their child who has now become an adult. My daughter has grown up into a beautiful woman who is now out on her own in the world. I face the transition of redefining my life which once consisted of being a wife and mother to finding a new place to serve and be of value in this world in a new way.
I hope to travel this life -changing shift with grace and flexibility, but I find that is not always the case. Oftentimes rediscovering ourselves is a messy road of trial and error that doesn’t always feel very good and involves moving through growing pains that hurt.
I take comfort in the fact that I am not the first to travel this road. Many others have gone before me and struggled through these same feelings of loss and rediscovery.
“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”
There is always the connection we can keep with those we love of a hand-written note of encouragement sent through the mail wherever they may be on their life journey.
Your friend, Cherie