First Week in September
September marks another year for many of us. We, our children, or our family’s and friends’ children are embarking on a new year. The beginning of a school year impacts all of us. Let’s take this opportunity to attend to this familiar novelty.
This is a time, more than others, for managing expectations. A new start allows us to explore a new aspect of ourselves and to try it out in public, perhaps. We have a closet full of new clothes, a body and face changed slightly or drastically by time. We also have our familiar laugh, humor, interests, and concerns. We can’t account for how others will respond to us and the changes we’ve undergone, but we can use probability to manage our expectations.
Because we all change, every person you know will have changed. Because changes happen on all levels, you can expect that some changes will be noticeable and others less so, or not noticeable at all. Because some changes hurt, you can expect that you and others will experience sensitivity around them. And because we are proud of some changes, you can expect that you and others will experience sensitivity around them, as well.
Change is natural. Sometimes change is graceful and sometimes it is a mess. Let’s take this opportunity to feel its impact on our lives. With an understanding of what to expect this year, let’s enjoy the newness, the uncertainty, and discovery of our own resilient nature that allows us to integrate all these changes into our lives.