TRANSITIONS AND CONDITIONS

TRANSITIONS AND CONDITIONS

By: Darrelyn L .Tutt

Transitions are conditioned by conditions:
The more of yourself you've invested;
The more of yourself you must let go.
The more of yourself you've involved,
The more of yourself you must break free of.
If you need to move on,
You need to let go.
And it's no easy thing ... we all know.
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News of my upcoming departure was taken poorly, and as expected, by my elderly client of whom I have been a caregiver the past 18 months.
Her words to me upon my entrance and early morning hug on Monday sounded like an early take-off from a Dr.Seus book:
"There's not another 'you' and I don't know what I'm going to do, Darrelyn.
I don't want anybody else.
I want 'you.'
Why can't you stay with me?
Why is God taking 'you' from me?"
The red, puffy signature eyes of one who had been crying for some time looked painfully and dejectedly into mine.
A thousand emotions were felt ...
But I held them in check.
A position can be replaced.
A person cannot.

This I know.
It hurts to love and then be torn from that love.
The sound of velcro strips being pulled apart inside the soul;
So invisibly real.
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Transitions require gentleness with self and mastery of emotion.
They require the discipline of a constant look forward,
And the relinquishing of a desire to turn back.
Transitions require the feet to move progressively forward.
Transitions are hard and they hurt.
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The goal of this week is to finish strong and love hard.
To make the moments matter that remain,
And persist in enthusiastic strain.
Life is hard but God is good,
When seasons change.
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