Recently, I walked into the leasing office of an apartment complex and the employee handed me a set of keys. I found my building. Then, I walked up one flight of stairs to my unit, took a deep breath and unlocked the door.
I had not expected the living room to be carpeted or the kitchen cabinets to be so brown. Yet, as I looked around, I knew that the only thing that mattered about this unit was that it was going to be my new home.
To me, fall has always signified a fresh start. When I was a student, it meant new books, school supplies and studying assignment sheets to try to decipher the difficulty of each of my classes. What I learned this year, however, is that fresh starts are not always something that we choose. Walking into an empty, second-story apartment in central Texas was not part of my plan, but I learned to accept it and be grateful. The change of plans did not destroy me.
Fresh starts are not always something that we choose.
This fall, whether you are beginning a new school year or in the throes of motherhood or, like me, working a job to pay the bills for the second-story apartment, let’s remember the healing that comes through accepting our circumstances with grace. Let’s look forward to the future with hope.
I learned to accept it and be grateful. The change of plans did not destroy me.
Emily Lee, the Darling family
Think back to a time when you struggled with change. What emotion did the change trigger? What has helped you to learn to embrace change?
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