Endings tend to cause us to reflect and take stock of where we are in life- our goals, regrets, gratitudes- and may increase our understanding of ourselves. A relationship may end, children grow up, career paths change, our health may fail. It is understandable to experience sadness at times such as these. I am encouraged, though, because I know that feelings also change. The twinge of sadness I felt watching the leaves fall will not last forever. Next year, while holding some sadness as my last son goes to college, also holds possibilities. As humans, we experience the whole gamut of emotions, while knowing that we don't have to get stuck in them.
For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.