Life is so fragile.
We, in our ignorance, think we can hold on
to relationships, places, things.
We think we can stop change.
That we can suspend time.
Hold back illness or pain or estrangement.
We try to preserve life, as we know it,
to hold it suspended in time,
but it slips through our fingers.
Like a mist, it is gone.
We can’t stop the change.
We can’t hold on.
The best moment will pass again and again.
Change is so frightening.
To let go of what is comfortable and secure,
what is known,
takes great courage.
If only we could see the other side,
that only through change do we find growth.
That there can be new levels of happiness.
That pain is an important part of life.
The changes will come whether we want them or not.
It is another spiritual paradox
that only by letting go can we hold on.
“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Excerpt from “Butterflies, Biscuits and Rain” by Susan Aken. Available as a free e-book at: