“Life is a journey and it’s about growing and changing and coming to terms with who and what you are and loving who and what you are.” – Kelly McGillis
The holidays are officially upon me now, bathing me in warm feelings, busy schedules, and memories of days past. It’s what the holidays do to this boy of 6 decades. And though predictable, each year offers new experiences that provide fresh insights into who I am and what makes me “Me”.
When opening myself to it all, I realize more and more that the holidays serve as a lens … a focusing lens allowing a sharper convergence of the fragments of my life’s journey. A fresh chance to review and reflect in a more wholistic way. And the resulting view creates feelings … some intensely sad, some incredibly joyful … but all rich because they remind me of a life well lived, and a life yet to be lived well. It’s all a collage of days then and now spent in childhood, as a young adult, and as a maturing man moving through his seasoned career and finally finding himself as a person of meaningful purpose, deep feelings and even deeper connection.
It’s all an early gift … one with a large red bow … a gift that fits easily under the tree while shining more brightly than those surrounding it. And once opened, it reminds me to live each day … live fully in each moment … discover and appreciate the simple things … embrace exploration and change … and move forward to add to my ever-changing collage of the richest life I can possibly live. Yes, walking a path … a path that opens new, exciting doors to fresh feelings of wellness that signal the worth and wealth of my journey.