Sweet Scout –
The last two weeks have been topsy turvy. We are in the middle of a move from Virginia to Florida (I am at a Starbucks writing this because we don’t even have internet service yet). We have been living in suitcases and boxes. We haven’t been sleeping or eating or living in any kind of routine. Your entire world is mixed up, turned around and upside down. Yet, in all of this, I have noticed you are handling this enormous change with grace that belies your young age.
I am so proud of you.
That you continue to carry this glimmer of resilience and flexibility with you through life. You will begin many new adventures. But like me, this week, you will be leaving places, and most importantly, people you love. They will be people that you hold dear, but cannot hold on to. For what is ahead calls and pulls you forward. God will lead you where He will, my dear. Always.
I read this recently, and wanted you to see it someday. When you see crossroads in the distance. When you need wisdom of a lesson you haven’t learned yet. When you may be afraid to invest in people around you because you feel your time in a place may be short. Because my greatest joys have come from focusing on today, and not the time to move on that was inevitably waiting for me:
“Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies … the pain of the leaving can tear us apart.
Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen
Love deeply and leave boldly, my darling. Surround yourself with friends and laughter. Be flexible and hopeful and brave. And move forward with courage and grace.
All my love,
Continue through the circle. Read the next Letter by Val Spring of the The red balloon photography | Seattle photographer.