What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.
T. S. Eliot
Ahh…and so it is with each passing season of life……
Here are the dregs of the garden. The last remaining diehard eggplants have been cut. The soil shall be re-tilled and over-planted in winter rye for the deer to nibble on throughout the winter.
The ending of what remains from summer now gives way to cooler evenings and the soon to be blooming Chrysanthemums…
As we find ourselves in this time of transition– of endings and beginnings, I can’t help but think of changes–changes that are beyond our control such as the seasons of growing and dying, and then the changes that are within our control such as changes of habits and outlooks.
The following is an epitaph that is inscribed upon one of the myriad of bishop’s graves who lay buried within the hallows of Westminster Abbey, it dates to 1100 AD—a good thought as we focus on this time of Change……
“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But, it too seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it. And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize, if I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would have then been able to better my country, and who knows,
I may even have changed the world.”
How true – the only change that we can control is ourselves and especially our attitudes. This autumn season in my life has brought changes that were out of my control but God has blessed me with an attitude of gratitude. I am grateful for those changes as they have helped me to grow closer to my Creator and there is nothing better in life than being in relationship with God. I am blessed. Blessings and prayers for a good weekend for all.
Beautiful, beautiful — bless you for blessing my day.