Saturday, December 20, 2008

As the Tides Change and Happy 1st Night of Chanukah

As I sit back to take inventory on the things that I have gleaned during 2008, I must remind myself to reflect more deeply on the good, while still holding on to the lessons that I have received from the unbearable.  Spreading my wings to fly off into the unknown of another year is, at the same time, a huge relief and scary as hell.  The emotions that I am experiencing in leaving this past year behind, remind me that I truly do not know what life will bring from one moment to the next.  That there are no guarantees, no coincidences and truly no absolutes.  And although this past year brought with it only a month and a half before my family experienced the saddest tragedy that we have ever had to face, life continued happening as we celebrated birth(renewal), a graduation(transition), and the flight of two of our Angel Daughters going off to college(one for the first time and one as a senior).  
And while I cannot say that I am at all sorry to get past the psychological boundary of putting 2008 behind me, I can say that it was a year that will stand out forever in my mind.  Heading in to 2009 brings with it a mixed sense of relief, apprehension, and hope.  In some ways, I feel as if I will need a compass in order to navigate the wind currents by which my life will now flow.  In other ways, I feel a bit stronger and better prepared because of the storms that sought to clip my wings.  Life is like that.  We don't realize how incredibly strong we are until the bounds of that strength are tested.  It is only then that we know, really know, how resilient we can be in the face of adversity.

Standing at the edge of a very low tide, last week, I noticed the rippling sands that are usually covered by the sea water.  It made me think about the things that reside just below the surface of who we believe ourselves to be during the times when our lives seem fairly unchallenged.  It is only during the unusual times, the times when things are not as they should be, that we are forced to peer beneath the surface into the face of someone who feels strange and unfamiliar.  Those are the times when we can learn one thousand lessons in what seems to be a few short moments.  The low tides of our lives, when taken seriously and to heart, are the times when we can gain momentous growth.  And whether we are ready or we are not, the wind currents will change, the tides will ebb and flow, and the storms will come.  It is in how we choose to navigate the changes, that will determine whether we will become permanently grounded or if we will be able to soar even higher than we did before.

As you reflect upon this past year, may you treat yourself as you would, a student who is constantly learning new lessons as they go.  Gently, honestly, but with a small bit of slack and a swift kick in the rear, when absolutely necessary.  

Thank you for helping me to find my own wings.

15 comments:

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

A swift kick in the butt is SORELY needed more than I'd like to admit.

Hallie

rivergardenstudio said...

I love your reflections of the past year... you have had so many changes and do so well putting things in perspective. I also love the way you learn from the ocean. How beautiful it's changes are. Thank you! roxanne

Jenn-n-n said...

Debra,

Thank you for another thought provoking post.

May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas. I wish for you all the very best the coming year has to offer, may peace, love and much happiness be yours for the taking.

Jenn

Coffee Bean said...

Beautiful post Debra! As always. Your pictures are so serene too... Happy Chanuka (yikes! I hope I spelled that right!)

jojo said...

Happy Chanukah Deb. I have learned so much from you, as you reflect on this past year please know that I count you as one of the blessings in my life. My son will be marrying into a Jewish family in a few months and I am so proud and excited to be learning your traditions. This has been a wonderful journey of peace for me and I wholly embrace it...oh that and a little kick in the butt ;)

Claire said...

Happy Chanukah! May God richly bless this time for you and your family.

Bogart in P Towne said...

Merry Christmas and a very happy Hanukkah to you and your family!

Karen Deborah said...

Happy Hanukkah to you, the creation does indeed declare the mysteries of the creator who loves you more than you know.

summersundays-jw said...

I heard Oprah say one day that she felt like telling God that she knew everything she needed to know & she didn't need anymore lessons. That's the way I feel sometimes -- no more lessons please!!!! PEACE to all of us in the new year! Jan

Irene Latham said...

Hi Debbie - I knew you would be as happy as I am to move past 2008... looking forward to a joy-filled 2009 for both of us! xxoo

jenx67 said...

Happy Nearly New Year - This reminded me of Cast Away - I love that film and when the Tom Hanks character says at the end, that he is going to wait and see what the tide brings in - as one day a brought him a sail.

Catherine Holman said...

I need that swift kick in the rear this year with many changes to come. THanks and Happy New Year!
Hugs,
Cathie

kim-d said...

Happy Chanukah, Deb; I hope 2009 will be the best year yet. I look forward to spending another year with you; I am so, so happy that I found it and I consider that one of the precious gifts I received in 2008!

SALeAnn said...

I would love to soar ever higher but sometimes I just can't seem to do so and can't figure out why the challenge even had to come?

SALeAnn said...

I would love to soar ever higher but sometimes I just can't seem to do so and can't figure out why the challenge even had to come?

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