It’s been about a year and a half since I retired from education. Many of the projects I planned were put on hold because of serious health issues that took a toll on me physically, mentally and spiritually. I look at my calendar/planner and flip through all the past months and see how life and time do continue regardless of whether we participate or not. During that time, I’ve experienced set backs that have literally brought me to my knees. One begins to question purpose, existence and life.
I believe that when we face challenges or obstacles, we go into them prepared to fight and win. That’s our nature as human beings. BUT when we are continuously besieged with challenge after challenge, I can see how individuals give up….give up on life, family, friends and self. We have been beaten down so much that it becomes hard to pick up our head and move forward. It’s a scary place to be in…
As I was moving through this season, I started to notice things again. One day I heard the birds singing outside. I couldn’t remember hearing that beautiful sound. I asked my husband if they always sang like that during the day and his response was, “Stella, they have always been singing.” It was at that point, that I remembered that life is continuously moving and there is beauty all around us. It took that sweet melodic sound to remind me that life is beautiful and precious.
We will all at one point in our life be faced with challenges that will try to interrupt and control our lives, but we must seek support in God, family and friends. I’ve found peace in knowing that I’m not alone in this struggle and that I have so many things to look forward to in life. Life can be interrupted and disrupted but WE can get it back on track.