This has been one of my favorite poems since I first read it over a decade ago. In each new season of life that I happen upon it again, it speaks to me with an even greater richness and truth than the time before. I hope you hear the wisdom in the words.
After a WhileAfter a while, you learn the subtle difference Between holding a hand and chaining a soul And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning And company doesn’t always mean security. And you begin to learn That kisses aren’t contracts And presents aren’t promises And you begin to accept your defeats With your head up and your eyes open, With the grace of a woman, Not the grief of a child. And you learn To build all your roads on today Because tomorrow’s ground Is too uncertain for plans, And futures have a way Of falling down in mid-flight After a while you learn That even sunshine burns If you get too much. So you plant your own garden And decorate your own soul, Instead of waiting For someone to bring you flowers. And you learn That you really can endure That you really are strong And you really do have worth And you learn And you learn With every goodbye, you learn.
~ By Veronica A. Shoffstall
Today’s lesson: Seasons change. But the more people learn, the more they grow. Don’t avoid your lessons and resent your growth. Embrace even the pain of bursting through your emotional, psychological and spiritual retaining walls.