Feelings of exclusion as opposed to inclusion, whether purposeful or not, can be quite detrimental to my psyche, no doubt. I've found lately that I don't quite know where I fit in. I mean with both of my boys out of the house and out of state and my one VERY special and QUIET daughter living at home, the dynamics that were my life and my roles are changing.
I belong to a Church that preaches and respects the divinity of motherhood for which I am most grateful and thoroughly believe. But...I'm still a mother, yet the demands and needs of mine are vastly different from what they were say, ten years ago, and sometimes I just don't fit...
Often times when I go to Women's Conferences or Church activities so much is focused on raising little ones, as it should be, but there is a group of us that are sort of lost and neglected. I suppose I can relate to those women who don't yet have children; we can relate on a certain level, and that is the feeling of not belonging or the lack of inclusion. I am happy in my new phase, don't get me wrong, but a little guidance in how to make that transition smoother would be much appreciated.
To clear things up, I'm not complaining. My glass is half full, trying to find the rainbows type of thing, but a little help, suggestions and guidance on what the heck to do with the rest of my life would be most welcome. I find comfort in the words in Ecclesiastes 3:1-12:
"To every a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that no good in them, but for to rejoice, and to do good in his life."
How do you handle the changing seasons of life?