Enjoy life’s twisting path of surprises

Life has so many changes; seasons of love, hope, challenges and pain. Which season are you in now? Events change and steer us into different directions. Circumstances shift us on a new course, a new path.

Life has so many changes; seasons of love, hope, challenges and pain. Which season are you in now? Events change and steer us into different directions. Circumstances shift us on a new course, a new path.

When you’re faced with the prospect of an upcoming huge challenge, how do you cope with the stress? When the pain is so severe you want to cry out, how do you manage?

When you are consumed with the wonderful feeling of utter love, do you feel like you will explode with joy? When you’re filled with such impending doom, do you allow yourself to be filled with hope in order to survive?

Life is filled with many obstacles but mostly it is your faith in yourself, in a higher power, and the universe that fills you with hope and gives you the strength to endure and carry on your path.

If your season is full of challenges and pain hold onto your unshaking belief system knowing this too shall pass. Your next season is just around the corner and it might be the season of spring filled with new beginnings, green shoots and a fresh start.

Somehow it seems like the weather seasons often are reflective of our own personal challenges.

When in the midst of a cold and snowy winter day it is harder to see hope, but when the warmth of the summer sun touches your skin it lights you up from the outside and moves inward with its warm glow to touch your heart.

If your season is filled with challenge and pain and cold winter days, hold onto the picture in your mind of sunny warm days ahead filled with new hope and love.

My season is one of pain and letting go with my father’s health slowing failing. But with each last breath he takes I know he is closer to a new life of hope and peace. Remembering the love and special moments shared together is part of the letting go — the healing journey that leads to the next season of new hope and beginnings.

So whatever your season may be, know that it is not an ending but just a beginning of change, new challenges, but also the precursor of hope and love. There will always be a season but your beliefs will lead and guide you through the rough waters into the calm lake. Your journey is ongoing, be sure to enjoy its twisting path of surprises.

Judy Holt is a freelance writer living in Lacombe.

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