Bittersweet Moments happen all the time but particularly at meaningful events ~ events that have beginnings and ends to them. Weddings. Funerals. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Graduations. Times of nostalgia ~ Even Vacations. It’s important to stay focused on the joy of the moment in order to turn a bittersweet moment around.
I spent two days with my 85 year old Dad closing down our summer cottage that we’ve had since I was in elementary school. When we close the house down for the winter, it’s typically a cold, windy fall day. It doesn’t have any of the warm sun filled energy of a summer lake day. It’s a day filled with chores~ putting canoes and kayaks away, storing the outdoor furniture where it can be safe from the weather, cleaning the refrigerator out etc. It’s a race to get it all these chores done before the sun sets early from the sky. It’s always bittersweet.
It was harder this year than ever before as we were driving out the driveway when my Dad said “I wonder if this will be the last time I see this place.” If that doesn’t tug at a daughter’s heartstrings, I don’t know what will! The conversation turned to my mom’s love for the cottage and the care she devoted to it when she was raising us on the lakefront shores during the summers ~ oh the stories I could tell! How to turn this very bittersweet moment around? That was the question.
Since we were on the topic of childhood memories, I immediately recalled one of my most favorite sayings: Don’t Cry Because It’s Over. Smile Because it Happened by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss always makes me laugh. I went from this saying to reciting one of my favorite books: “Oh the places you will go.” that I so enjoyed reading to my nieces.
And So, I turned to this expression:
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
The bittersweet moment was taken in. Appreciated and turned around for I am off and away. I turned the ride with my Dad into a memory of laughter and giggles, philosophy and a memory that I will always have. And, I returned home with new vigor for the upcoming joy I will have with my clients, my family and my friends. I am, indeed, off to great places! How about you?