Transitions are sometimes exciting, but they can also be filled with a sense of anxiety. We grow accustomed to how things are; the uncertainty of change can foster some trepidation. This is not simply the case for graduates moving onto the next phase of life. It is a factor that impacts all of us throughout our lives. Change is the one constant we all experience. Getting married, having children, getting a new job, getting a promotion at the current job, getting a new boss, experiencing the loss of a loved one, getting diagnosed with a serious illness, relocating, retiring, and the list goes on and on. Transitions happen all through life.
As people of faith, how do we embrace change? Do we truly walk in faith and trust in our prayerful discernment? Are we able to experience peace within ourselves in the midst of chaos surrounding us? Hopefully, we are able to do this because of our relationship with Christ?
Speaking of transitions, I don't think the weather outside realizes what month it is. We have not yet transitioned from winter into spring, and it is almost time for summer to begin. I am not a big fan of winter at any time, but I am certainly not thrilled with winter still happening in mid to late May. It is time for warmth and sunshine.
The weather forecasts seem to be all over the place in regard to expected snow totals. The last map that I viewed showed 8 to 14 inches of snow for the Cheyenne area. As soon as you move into the higher elevations it shows 12 to 18 inches, and one forecast just showed 18+ for the mountains. Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie has already been closed. The leaves on the little tree outside our office (pictured above) are already holding onto the snow. It will most likely be a storm that causes some damage to the trees.
As the snow falls on this 18th day of May in 2017 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, I could certainly imagine a transition for myself. It would be called, "retirement in the Caribbean". That has a nice ring to it. Unfortunately, that will have to remain a dream for a while. In the meantime, I better get back to work. While I am working, I can think about shoveling snow when I get home.