Hi friends, are you in a season of change? How is your mindset towards that change?
This morning, I’m looking around and noticing the clear skies and the flowers beginning to bloom. Spring is here. For many families, with spring comes graduation season.
I have already been to one college graduation and a graduation party with numerous more scheduled this month. I always look forward to celebrating with those that have completed high school or college. It is such an exciting time, that brings with it a season of change for students and their families.
With change can come resistance, avoidance, angst, and maybe even fear, while looking toward a future that is mostly unknown. I think we all have these feelings every time we face change. Walking through change can be a risk because we don’t know what the outcome will be or where we will end up.
But it’s also a time of excitement and growth and newness and the unexpected. If we can give ourselves grace as we walk through a changing season, understanding that we will experience a myriad of emotions, we will find it better on the other side. If we meet it with resistance and fear, it will become a difficult time and one that we may grow to resent.
When a student graduates, high school it seems to trigger an interesting shift in familial roles and dynamics. With this season of change, parents can find themselves frustrated and unsure about what they can say or do for their “grown-up” kids. I found this article “7 Do’s and Don’ts for Parents of Graduates” to be especially useful. It comes from a faith perspective that may lend some additional peace to your worrying spirit.
As I look outdoors and see the beauty that is before me, I reflect on why change is good. I see it in every new bud and flower that is blooming, in the trees that are filling out, and the sunlight shining through my windows. I am excited about what the second half of 2022 may bring. What about you?