Tomorrow my middle son and daughter-in-law accompany their firstborn, my oldest grandchild, to another state for his first year of college. This is a big deal for our family. We've been talking about how everything will change a lot from now on. Little by little, Spencer's siblings and cousins will peel off for college and lives of their own—just as his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles have done before him. And things will never be the same again.
Change. It's one of life's constants, isn't it? That being so, it's important for you and me to remain as flexible as possible. It's equally important to stay awake and aware and to savor each day and what it brings to us.
As Spencer takes off on a whole new adventure, I remember so many special times I've shared with him. It's not all just about memories, though. I'm excited for all the possibilities that lie ahead for him, too. Who knows what life will hold? He is so excited and anxious to get underway with it all, and I'm excited for him. The changes happening for him mean changes for his parents and siblings. They mean changes for all of us who love Spencer. We all need to move with the changes set in motion by his moving to the next chapter of his life.
To be flexible, you and I must stay well grounded. I have an image of a tree with deep roots and with branches that swing and sway in the wind, but which stays solidly in place even while strong winds come. Or of skyscrapers that are designed to move slightly in extremely strong winds but which will not fall over or crumble because of those winds.
What helps you stay grounded? Be sure you have those things in your life that are necessary for your grounding so you, too, can swing and sway with the changes you face.