Monday, January 28, 2008

Growing Pains and Just Where is that Damned Merry-go-Round?

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Change..change...it's inevitable, right? I write about it all the time because I think I've had more than my share of it the past few years, am ready for life to settle down just a bit. (hear that, Universe?) Some days I wake up and just pray for things to stay status quo, let one day so by without drama or a problem that needs to be solved. I'm tired of the roller coaster, can I just ride the merry-go-round for a while?

Alas, more changes are on the way, some culminating this week. These are long-overdue events and I look forward to them but they are emotionally draining nonetheless. I'm excited about what the future holds, just need to push past the pain and onto the growth and happiness that will result in the end. Wish me luck.

January 28, 2008
Growing Pains
Difficult Times

It can be very challenging to maintain a positive attitude and a measure of faith when you are in the midst of difficult times. This is partly because we tend to think that if the universe loves us we will experience that love in the form of positive circumstances. However, we are like children, and the universe is our wise mother who knows what our souls need to thrive better than we do. Just as a young child does not benefit from getting everything she wants, we also benefit from times of constriction and difficulty to help us grow and learn. If we keep this in mind, and continue to trust that we are loved even when things are hard, it helps us bear the difficult time with grace.

This period of time in history is full of difficulty for a lot of human beings, and you may feel less alone knowing you are not being singled out. There are extreme energy changes pulsing through the universe at every level and, of course, we are all part of the growing process and the growing pains. It helps if we remember that life is one phase after another and that this difficult time will inevitably give way to something new and different. When we feel overwhelmed we can comfort ourselves with the wise saying: This too shall pass.

At the same time, if you truly feel that nothing is going right for you, it’s never a bad idea to examine your life and see if there are some changes you can make to alleviate some of the difficulty. Gently and compassionately exploring the areas giving you the most trouble may reveal things you are holding onto and need to release: unprocessed emotions, unresolved transitions, or negative ways of looking at yourself or reality. As you take responsibility for the things you can change, you can more easily surrender to the things you can’t, remembering all the while that this phase will, without doubt, give way to another.

6 comments:

Julie said...

YUCK! Unless you are talking about a winning lottery ticket - I not thrilled with change either!..especially the kind that comes packaged with heated drama! Hang in there girl!

Susan said...

Hey, M ~

Merry-go-rounds are over-rated - remember that wonderful scene from the movie Parenthood?

http://people.tribe.net/the-daflew/blog/a38fecdd-9e99-4e23-81aa-50b8e3c83362

Fasten your seat belt, throw your hands up in the air and scream at the top of your lungs - then laugh your *ss off for having lived to tell about it!

Sending much love and light - I have faith in you and your coping mechanisms... <3

Rapunzel said...

Susan, I sure do remember that scene, think of it often! While a short roller coaster ride is fun & exciting, too long on the ride and you just end up dizzy & nauseaus! LOL

Thank you for your support as always, my dear friend. We are past due for a face-to-face over a couple glasses of vino!

Teacats said...

Such a wonderful posting -- and I will gladly join you in asking the Universe for a compassionate look at the stresses in our lives! Sometimes it takes all that I have just to take a very deep cleansing breath and let some of tension go forth from me! I'm always afraid that what may replace it -- just might be even worse! LOL! Almost time to face another turning of the Wheel -- February 2nd. Imbolc. Candlemas. Light a candle!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage

Rapunzel said...

Thank you, Julie! I'm holding on by the skin of my teeth, lol!

Thank you, Jan, you are so right! Fortunately my current big change will be complete by Imbolc! :)

Jen said...

Well, good luck! I hope all changes coming your way are good ones.