“There is a Season”

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There is a wonderful song from the sixties titled “Turn! Turn! Turn!”  It was  adapted from the Bible (Ecclesiastes) by Pete Seeger and made popular by The Byrds.   I was four years old when this song hit the charts. I have always loved it.

Today was my last day working at a job that I have been with part-time for about six years.  I have loved this work and found it very gratifying.   The experience has fed the actress in me, made me feel as though I were doing something important for the medical community, and has enabled me to be with a family of very fun, smart and incredibly creative people. 

Interestingly, today marks eight years since the passing of my mother. On her mass card we chose the verse from Ecclesiastes from which this song was born.  

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

I of course still miss my mom very much.  I will also miss working at this job with these great people.  But unlike the passing of my mother, moving forward from this work was a choice in order that I might create space in my life.  I feel a sadness leaving, but I also feel a certain excitement at what may be coming through the doors that open as this one closes.  In other words, I know that this is right.

I think knowing when to make changes in our lives can be challenging. In fact I pondered this change for several months before making the decision.  For me it is important to pray and meditate when it comes to feeling guided to do the right things.  Having trusted friends to share my thoughts and feelings with is also key.

There was a time in my life when I didn’t put much thought at all into decisions that I made.  I was a ‘knee jerk’ kind of girl and that didn’t always serve me.  I find now that allowing myself time to sit with things, whether it be to leave a job or to confront a personal situation, serves me invaluably.  When I give myself room to breathe around a decision and exercise patience regarding knowing when to act, my choices are healthier.  I feel a sense of grounded accomplishment that I might not feel if I were to rush the process.

I am truly grateful for having developed this discipline.  It is of course one that I don’t always remember to practice but one that is a significant and very helpful tool when I do.  Because of this more centered approach I feel a sense of gratification and appreciation for having had the wonderful experience that I did, and for having made the decision to open myself up to what God has in store for me next.  To everything there truly is a season….how rewarding it is to be a constructive part of the turning.

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Debbie June 11, 2013 at 2:16 am

this a great trait to possess Maureen, some people over stay too many times and stay in a rut.
Missing the Mom that is one season that never changes

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Maureen Quigley June 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Very true Debbie!

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