Goodbye, Old Friend

This past week I learned that I need to replace my sewer line. OK, that could be expensive, in itself upsetting and unplanned for.

But the kicker is that the new line will run right through my sacred space in my garden! Ouch!

This is the place I seek out when I need to find respite, to reflect, to enjoy a glass of wine and commune with the many birds, to do the New York Times crossword puzzle, to journal. This is my sacred space!

And it’s all going to be gone – very soon.

My first reaction was deep sorrow and anger. After all, this is a 20-year old garden spot, with a huge canopy of leaves from a mature tree and surrounding shrubs. This is where I go to hide when the world is too much for me.

And then my coaching skills kicked in. These questions ran through my head:

  • Why am I holding so tightly to this space?
  • What is the Universe requesting of me?
  • What gifts might be here in this situation?

What I came up with is rather telling. I’ve been doing some serious avoidance dancing around letting go of a few things in my life, even though I know doing so will be extremely beneficial to me. And the person holding me accountable – always a good thing – is beginning to wonder if I’ll ever follow through. It’s just taking that first step that causes me to hesitate. Gulp!

So, back to the pending sewer line: the lesson the Universe is trying to teach me is that all things are temporary. I need to enjoy them while I can, especially since I don’t know the exact date when my sacred space is going to disappear. And, when it’s time for this to go, honor its past usefulness by saying, “Thank you.” Ultimately to have faith that something even better will fill the gap.

Mindfulness. Trust. Acceptance.

Not a bad lesson plan. Thanks, Universe!


Your Call to Action:

What do you need to let go of? What is no longer serving you? What is the first step that you can take to say goodbye? Commit to a date to take this action and then write your commitment on your calendar!


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