We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. — Nehru
During the last days of my amazing dad’s life, he told me that he thought that dying was like a kind of adventure. After all, he said, it was the first time he had gone through this process – he had never died before. Most of us aren’t that courageous about our mortality. In fact, we tend to deny that we are dying. We may even think of ourselves as living forever.
I confess I’m not a person who looks forward to death as an adventure like my dad did, but I learned something from him when he told me that. Death and all kinds of change are a normal part of life. It occurs regularly in our relationships, our home life, our work, our financial situations, our physical health, and our spiritual lives. However, when our lives seem to change too quickly, it can seem frightening and overwhelming. We may feel uneasy or out of control. We may not realize that even as life is shifting, we can choose how we will respond and that it is possible to experience God’s gifts of love, peace, and calm.
At times when we are going through adjustments, we may realize just how vulnerable we are or how precious life really is. We may see that we have become sloppy with our living, that we haven’t been careful about what we’ve chosen to do with our precious days on earth. Sometimes we don’t give much thought to what we hold as sacred. We need to remember that life is very brief. Yes, it’s rather sobering to think that there isn’t endless time left for us to live. Perhaps that thought alone will make us want to use our remaining time in a more meaningful way. If we approach life as if we only had one day left to live, then the sense of impermanence might heighten our feelings of preciousness, passion, and gratitude.
Although change can be frightening, it can also provide new opportunities for growth. Likely we have developed skills from our past that can help us go through major transitions in a healthy way. Perhaps we can affirm that we are constantly changing, we are growing, we are filled with potential. Our job is to gather wisdom from our experiences and then live a transformed life.
All of us face change every day of our lives, and we are always in transition. And we have no idea what life will be like in the future. But we can make good choices about changes we want to make in order to live our lives fully and meaningfully. Even when we feel busy or rushed, it’s important that we stop, listen, reflect, and pray. We might just see that what is happening to us is another adventure.
Beloved Creator, thank you for creating a world filled with surprises. When we are in transition on our journey or we face changes, help us not to be afraid but rather to learn from our experiences and to see them as an adventure. May we realize that you are always there for us even during major adjustments in our lives. Amen.