By: Jackie Warner

The losses that have brought great gain are sometime hard to take at first, but when we get past the loss and see what we have gained, it tends to put things in perspective, shaping us for the next life chapter. I think back to a job I held during my career some years ago, it was, in my eyes, the position I would keep until retirement. I remember thinking, “This is it, and someday my name will be on the wall here.” News flash: it wasn’t my retirement job -- not even close. It was a dreadful season, an awful chapter in my life. A chapter that took me places I had never been, where I experienced pain I would not wish on anyone and tough situations that pressured me to make decisions without understanding. Looking back now and reflecting on that chapter and season of my life, I wanted nothing more than to be free from that job! I had no bookmark to pause it. I realized that all of that shaping and twisting and molding was in preparation for turning the page to the next chapter of my life’s journey.

Romans 8:28 - And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

To those of you reading this article, stop putting bookmarks in the way of your growth spurts. I want us to talk about the seasons of our life for a moment. I am reminded of the trees in my front yard. Right now is there time to purge and go through a transformation. It is that time in life to be okay with looking a little different, shedding and getting rid of all that should not remain.

Wakeup Cal l- Continuously we must strip ourselves bare to see who we really are and what is truly needed. If we choose not to, life has a way of doing to for us. I think we all can agree, there is something going on in 2020 that is beyond our control causing us to reset and pivot toward a new way.Spring, summer, winter, fall, spring, summer, winter, fall… Are you living the seasons of your life?

Spring is your awakening, your rebirth -- you are clean, pure, and have an opportunity to plant seeds of greatness. You are getting ready to break through for the blossom, the shine, and the runway. Then comes summer -- Yeah, the runway is calling your name. You are at your peak and in full bloom. I digress because some of us do not ever truly experience the seasons; we are too afraid to enjoy the journey. The page corners in your life book are folded down or the bookmark has been in waiting mode for the last year or two.

As summer prepares to leave us, fall embarks on the preparation for the harvest first and then for the cleanse and purging, while winter brings hibernation and rest for what is up ahead.

“Every new season of your life will be an opportunity for you to learn and grow. Don't celebrate the good without celebrating the bad because they both work together to prepare you for the next season of your life.”
Theresa Lewis

“In life, we need to go through a naked tree season in order to turn nothingness into meaning.”
Luis Enrique Cavazos, The Five Virtues That Awaken Your Life

“You can’t enter into a new season, until you’re willing to leave the old one!”
Joe Joe Dawson

“Positive human progress has its price, for surely, each gain automatically produces a loss or a sacrifice.”
Jim Rohn

“LIFE has Many SEASONS---but THEY ALL PASS.”
Carroll Roberson
By: Jackie Warner
Career Development Facilitator “Impact, Engage, Grow” Community Matters

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