A new day, a new year, and new threshold. Every single day we’re given the gift of a new threshold but we often forget and expect the ordinary, all the while missing the extraordinary beauty and love all around us.
2019 left me with immense sorrow as I had to say goodbye to my sweet dog, Millie. I returned from Christmas with my daughter to find that Millie had sustained a back injury during my absence. We had one last night together before she left us. This was so unbearably shocking to me. It has been quite some time since I’ve experienced a significant loss and I’d forgotten how grief can slay you. I want this experience to enable more compassion and empathy in me that I can extend to others.
So my “ordinary”, my “normal” is now very different than it was just a week ago. My routine has changed and my home has changed…never to be quite the same again. I have wonderful memories of sweet Millie that I will treasure forever. I know many of you enjoyed my stories of her crazy antics, particularly her Christmas escapades of eating every treat she could find in my house. The girl was obsessed with chocolate.
I don’t know exactly what life will be like now. I know that there are new adventures and joys ahead. I choose to step over this threshold of grief and into my new ordinary. I may have to walk slow and look back from time to time.
It’s 2020 and we’re all on the threshold of something new. Do not fear change, for with it comes a new perspective, a chance to grow and a chance to bloom in a different color.
“But we must keep going in the direction that we are now headed.”
Philippians 3:16 CEV