Speaking of Joy: Beginnings

This weekend marks the beginning of summer – three glorious months of warm sunshine, late evening walks and much-needed vacations. 

And for many, summer is also wedding season.   

That’s the case for our family – and for the third year in a row, too.

This time, my sister is the bride.  She arrived from Texas this week to put the finishing touches on her Colorado wedding now just a few months away.

It makes me, well, a bit teary-eyed to think of my little sister getting married.  I understand the path she’s taken.  We were both married once.  We both loved our husbands.  And yet, we both found ourselves divorced. 

And then, we both spent 20 years as 24/7 single working moms to our two children.  It’s ironic that our journeys look so similar but as tough as it was sometimes, there was magic in those new beginnings, too.

My sister is both a nurse and a mom and she has done an incredible job at both.  Her oldest daughter has her masters degree from Texas Tech and her younger daughter is a Texas A&M graduate now in nursing school. 

But after dedicating her life to her two girls and her career, my sister has found love again. 

It’s a new beginning for her and one with perfect timing.  Just as she was turning the page to close that first long chapter, a new chapter came to life.  One she didn’t expect and never predicted.

It’s magical really the way our life can unfold when we embrace the roads we don’t always pick but sometimes find ourselves traveling anyway.   

My sister is a lesson in how to take that trip with joy, grace and gratitude.  She’s a glass full-to-the-top-and-overflowing if you know what I mean.  She never gave up, never gave in and never stopped standing in that hard place between what she wanted versus what she was facing.

Her small wedding will be in a park on the shore of Grand Lake – our family’s happy place.  It’s a stunningly beautiful spot with clear, glistening blue water surrounded by the towering peaks of the Colorado Rockies.

After years of standing strong, it’s her turn to relax in the warm summer sunshine.

There is indeed a magical force in new beginnings.

Until next week, I hope your life is full of joy and gratitude and new beginnings, too.

linda

Linda Sterling Sease is an author, professional speaker and career coach on the power of joy to transform companies, homes and communities.  To explore how Linda can work with your organization, call 303-319-5829 or email her at Linda at SterlingSease.com.