Francine In Retirement
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WEEKLY IMAGE OF LIFE: SEASONS AND CHANGES

This weeks challenge by The Island Traveler concerns seasons and changes.  I have chosen to re-post words taken from a post I did on January 1, 2012 concerning change.  I believed it then and I think it is appropriate to revisit in light of the changes that our seasons go through in this part of the world.

REACTING TO CHANGE

One evening as I approached my home I looked up and noticed this beautiful sunset.  The colors of orange, red, yellow and purple were spread across the evening sky in a blanket of warmth.  Thereafter I made it my business to capture the morning sunrise.  Not so easy as I thought, because I had to get up earlier to capture it.  One thing I noticed as I put the scenes before me in print, was the sunset goes out in a blaze of glory.  But wait, the sunrise also comes forth in blazing glory.

I began to meditate on this and realized that a lot happened in the middle of a sunset and a sunrise.  There are sunny skies, cloudy, stormy, snowy and rainy skies.  Each having a different effect on our life, attitude and mood. Each giving us an opportunity to choose how we react to the different occurrence of change. 

Change isn’t always easy and a lot of us try to resist it.  Sometimes because we are afraid of the unknown or what it will cost us to embrace it.  But you know, without change, life would be constant, with no excitement, joys and sorrows.  Our lives would just be a bland, boring level plane.  We would experience no hills, mountains or valleys in lives.  There would be no opportunity for personal growth.  Growth in knowledge, our character and nature that come from experiencing change.  It is through accepting change that we grow and mature.  It is how we find our identity and fulfillment in life.

When I think of past days, no matter what they brought, I am still here.  I survived the joys, sorrows, lost and gains and now I am on the threshold of a brand new day, a brand new year, a new season in life, with the excitement of knowing I have been giving another chance to experience life all over again.  Through it all, I survived!  Now I can do more, love more, encourage more, and most of all I have the opportunity to praise and thank God more for His mercy and grace.

So join me as I embrace the remaining year ahead and seasons ahead with excitement and expectations.  One by one we can make this journey on the road to seasonal changes, a life changing one.  Let us, together, experience and embrace all the excitement, joys, and sorrows it has to offer us, knowing we will become a better person as a result of it.

 

BE ENCOURAGED!  BE BLESSED!

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26 Responses to “WEEKLY IMAGE OF LIFE: SEASONS AND CHANGES”

  1. Weeee! More autumn leaves!!! You’re really doing great job capturing it! I say I’ve been really for season change.

  2. I have to say autumn is my favorite time of the year. The color change isn’t here yet but I am looking forward to it – putting away the shorts but still comfortable going outside in a sweater, beautiful leaves and mums blooming. I love it.

  3. An excellent post, well worth reusing, Francine. Your message is right on and it is so exciting to be at peace with what has been so we have the freedom to face tomorrow with hope and eager anticipation. Thanks for your words of encouragement and the reminder to live life fully.

  4. Beautiful colours in the fall, and more to come yet. We’d better enjoy them now because there’s a long dreary winter ahead.

  5. Francine, thank you for stopping and liking a recent post. I appreciated your kind words. I love the beautiful pictures you take and share of the world around you. I look forward to following your blog.

    Take care,

    Ivon

  6. so captivating. thanks for sharing those photos. and a warm thanks for stopping by my blog.
    your words are inspiring and taking time to end it this way:
    “BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!”

  7. Lovely photos, Francine, and very profound thoughts. I enjoyed. Thanks. 🙂

  8. Wonderful thoughts, Francine and a beautiful beautiful way to meditate!
    🙂

  9. Beautiful post Francine!

  10. Beautiful! Autumn here is not there yet,still rather green,but I know it will come,I don¨t have any rush.

  11. My friend, I will share your journey with the remaining months ahead before this year ends. Through the highs and lows, we your blogger friends will share each phase of each season, from sunrise to sunset. Beautiful images that makes me more appreciate the beauty and wonders of life and nature. And this I can totally relate to, “When I think of past days, no matter what they brought, I am still here. I survived the joys, sorrows, lost and gains and now I am on the threshold of a brand new day, a brand new year, a new season in life, with the excitement of knowing I have been giving another chance to experience life all over again. Through it all, I survived! Now I can do more, love more, encourage more, and most of all I have the opportunity to praise and thank God more for His mercy and grace.” Thanks Francine. You are an inspiration.

  12. A beautiful and uplifting post! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous skyscapes Francine!

  13. Lovely word of inspiration and encouragement! Thanks Francine!


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