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Thresholds

September 17, 2021



 

 
My family and I crossed a couple of thresholds these last few days.
 
On Saturday at 1:30PM we bade good-bye to my eldest daughter, her husband and their three adorable children as they moved to a small town on Vancouver Island, off the coast of British Columbia to start a new adventurous chapter in their lives.
 
Then, after a half-hour of tears, we live-streamed and joyfully celebrated my youngest daughter’s graduation from university in Winnipeg, applauding the TV screen as she received her degree.
 
It was a pretty intense day of thresholds, of crossing new lines into new realities.
 
Thresholds are common in our lives.
 
They are the spaces where beginnings and endings meet.
 
Poet T.S. Eliot alluded to them as “the still point…Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards.”
 
Sometimes thresholds are expected; like a carefully planned move or graduation, where thought and perseverance all come together in fruition.
 
Sometimes thresholds are unexpected; like a knock on the door in the middle of the night, or an unforeseen phone call catching us unaware and unprepared.
 
Arriving as delight or disruption, thresholds propel us to surrender to a shift in our surroundings and in ourselves, assimilating a new reality in our lives, welcomed or not.
 
They happen in the blink of an eye.
Life is one way, and then it isn’t.
 
Crossing a threshold steps into the unknown, and is testimony to the courage and bravery of the person stepping.
 
How we step over the thresholds in our lives bears witness to who we are and who we are becoming.
 
Encouraging and guiding others in the thresholds of their life’s adventure.


The featured image is courtesy of Julie Jablonski and used with her kind permission for Cultivating. 



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