May 17th passed a few days ago. That was my parent’s wedding anniversary. In 1959 when they moved into their new home, my Dad planted a handful of flowering bridal wreath in their backyard. Every year they waited for it to bloom just in time for their anniversary. Those little white flowers came to symbolize a touchstone for them. A foundational symbol. A key feature of celebration in their 50+ year marriage. It was something to look forward to and celebrate. Yet there were a few years over the course of their marriage that the bridal wreath didn’t bloom in time for their anniversary. Those years felt different.
Each one of us has in our lives the things we look forward to each year that have significant meaning to us. We treasure a special holiday or event or outing or something that warms our heart and brings a smile to our face when we think about it. And for some of us, this year will feel different. And it will be different. We may not be able to travel to see our family on vacation or we may have lost a family member this past year or an annual tradition just won’t be the same this year…every single one of us will have a different year.
There are still things we can rely upon to always stay the same, for instance the sun will rise each morning and the moon will rise each night. We will adapt. We’ll reinvent. We’ll cope. We’ll try something different. We’ll figure it out. We’ll persevere. We’ll survive. We’ll even thrive. Each day is filled with potential, with a clean slate. You see, each day has really always been different. We’ve just rolled along with them and haven’t had the abrupt changes that we’ve been learning to live with this year.
It feels different, it looks different, it is different and it has an impact on our lives. How we choose to respond can be decided every day. You have a choice. You have something unique to offer. You are different!
“Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you respond to it” – Anonymous