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Tolle Tuesday...

This, too, will pass...make[s] you aware of the fleetingness of every situation, which is due to the transience of all forms -- good or bad...[this] does not mean that you cannot enjoy the good that the world has to offer. In fact, you enjoy it more...you can enjoy the pleasures of the world while they last without fear of loss or anxiety about the future.



I think this idea (not new to Tolle, of course -- something which has been around since the dawn of time, I'd guess) is one of those which has burrowed the most deeply into me. Even so, I still have times where I fight the leaving of something I want to remain -- where I resist the changes, even though I know that life is change. The only constant is change.

During a meeting at school yesterday, I learned our school psychologist is semi-retiring (which means she's leaving out school for a part-time position). It's good news for her, but she's been such an advocate for D and for all the kids who struggle with the various issues which often come with 'giftedness'...and I had to take a deep breath and remind myself that change isn't to be feared. It will all work out, and we will make sure D has what he needs. This too shall pass.

At the same meeting, the principal (who is with us until June) said she's working with the teachers to produce more integration -- and that this is state mandated. This change is definitely what I've wanted for a while -- though I'm trying not to get my hopes up. Instead, I'll work to enjoy the process, the results which may come slowly (probably very slowly), and know that it will all work out and work out well. That would be faith, no? :)

What does it mean to you?

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boreal_owl
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
I've always had trouble coping with change. I was very resistant to moving from a house I loved to a new home. Looking for a new place was very stressful.

But M and I are surprised to find that we are even happier here in our new condo than we were in the house. (Echo is, too!) This helps me to remember that change can sometimes be for the better!
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robinellen
Feb. 29th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
We only moved three times when I was growing up, but I was quite resistant to it. One of my closest in-person friends was an Air Force brat, and they moved all the time. It was challenging for her to buy her condo because of that (she wanted to rent, so she could leave in a couple years easily) -- but she did it, and I think she's found ways to make the 'permanence' of it work for her.

Without faith, it's impossible, no? :)
robinellen
Feb. 29th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear how happy you all are (even Echo)! I know it seems like change is often for the better (not always, of course), so I'm trying to embrace it and remember that, rather than resist it.
afraclose
Feb. 29th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
It's hard not to fear the future sometimes. We are creatures of habit, after all.
robinellen
Feb. 29th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
Definitely -- and some habits more than others ;)
authorwithin
Feb. 29th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
I know this was yesterday's post, but I needed it today. It's hard to remember that the rough times won't be rough forever and to enjoy the good times because they won't be here forever either. Sometimes it seems the good times go by much faster than the rough ones. ;-)

I do believe that all things work out in the end. We may not know why we have to go through something, but there's something to learn from every experience (good and bad).

Change is hard, humans are soft and each change shapes us a bit more into the person we are becoming (it's a constant process). By the time we go through the refining fire and are a finished being, we've been shaped by our experiences into the person God meant us to be.

I know things will work out, but I do tend to live in the stress of the moments--it's hard to keep an eye on the bigger picture when the small things are staring you in the face demanding attention. =D
robinellen
Mar. 4th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree -- even knowing (and truly believing) that everything will work out can get lost when someone is hard Right Now...definitely having kiddos has shown me that!
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