Pinned to my bulletin board is a card received from a friend during a professional transition that significantly impacted us both. She wrote:
“Here’s to the next chapter! I say it with a pit in my stomach and eyes forward to the new.”
To acknowledge our discomfort with change while holding onto our belief in the possibility of what’s to come seems like a good description of maturity.
The last of the finches fledged on our patio has flown the nest. I will miss the daily, sometimes hourly, opportunity to see them grow before my eyes. I am also glad they’re gone.
DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world.