This week I’ve been thinking about changes and happened to see a beautiful setting sun. We all have seasons where the sun sets on parts of our lives. Sometimes it’s the death of a family member or close friend, sometimes it’s a job or career change, sometimes it’s a new place to live and other times it’s smaller like the end of a brand or product we loved. The transition time isn’t something we do well with or enjoy all the time. Endings and partings aren’t things we always enjoy either, and they can be difficult and painful, and sometimes confusing especially if you weren’t expecting it.
Some of us get stuck in the change and transition process, others of us can’t let go of the past, and some of us are so busy moving forward that we don’t grieve and let go of the past. I think in most cases it’s important to take time to remember the past, work through the transition and move forward. I don’t think we should skip any of these steps, whether our past was bad or good. Learning from a bad past is helpful, but it’s also important to take time to cement the memories of the good things you have had or experienced. Yes, life is about moving forward and living to the fullest, but part of that fullness is the past that has brought you to this point.
This weekend, this summer, I encourage you to take time to enjoy the setting sun as well as the rising sun. With the late summer nights and early summer mornings there are lots of opportunities to see the sun and remember it as part of your life. I remember lots of trips as a child where we would watch the rising or setting sun while driving and a few thunderstorms too. Those are treasured memories from my childhood and I am thankful for them. Choose to find the beauty in the endings in your life this summer, not just the joy in the future or relief of leaving the past.