Years ago, when I was juggling the responsibilities of small children and farm life and college classes (and before non-traditional students were a well-served demographic) a popular musician made an indelible mark on my perspective. She said,
“Life is bittersweet. No matter how good or bad it is right now, it’s going to soon change.”
Sure enough, she was right.
I’ve come to think of my life as a series of seasons, thus the theme for this blog. There is a natural ebb and flow over time ~ of new and old, of coming and going, of learning and growing ~ that I deeply appreciate. Sometimes it is painful, the goings too soon or the learning too late. And the older I grow the more acutely I am aware that this moment of this season is all that I have. I must mark this moment, make it count.
I am fortunate to have enjoyed decades of raising a family (now three independent adults) with my husband (of 29 years and counting) and building a career (in education and technology) in this lovely place (of four distinct seasons). We’ve faced our share of significant challenges, some of which are stories just begging to be told. Sometimes I wondered if we’d make it. Seriously. But I wouldn’t trade a minute of this journey now.
We’ve recently begun yet another new season as our family has expanded by three (chids-in-laws), and even more recently, grandchids! I hope we’re not done growing. Still, this is uncharted territory and not easily navigable ~ if the past year has been any kind of test. I wonder why this bit of parenting is not covered in the books? It should be! No doubt, it will factor into my writing.
I love to travel and relish opportunities for adventure, immersed in another culture. I prefer to travel with a partner — the Hubs is the best! I am inspired to think differently every time I leave home. Yet I’m always delighted to return.
Through it all, I strive to live a reflective life. In the grand scheme of things, I know that my life is like a vapor and will be gone in a puff. Now, that’s a sobering thought and reality check!
It’s also the reason I write. A slow, reflective writing process suits me. I extract meaning from my life by sorting out what I think, what I really want to say about what I have learned in my small corner of the world. Ideas — like richly roasted and freshly ground coffee beans — are all the better for time to percolate. My blog is my coffee pot. Thanks for stopping by for a cup of the flavor of the week.
Here’s to great joy in this journey, season by season, moment by moment — yours and mine.
~ René Morley*
February 24, 2012, updated November 2013
All photographs and written materials copyright René Morley* unless noted otherwise.
*Please note that I use a pen name to help protect my family’s privacy.