Starting Again

Starting over can be a gift. It can feel very uncomfortable (especially for planning types like myself), but it can also be extremely therapeutic.  Life can be a bit of a head trip sometimes. One day, you feel like you have a rhythm and you think you understand where things are headed, and the next day you receive some news that just makes you question what it’s all about.

Thankfully, my “starting over” is about my career and not about my personal life.  But, for many people, it is extremely personal. Individuals from all walks of life, all levels of financial status, and every background possible will undoubtedly have at least one point of “starting again” in their lives.  Whether it is the death of someone they cherish, the death of a relationship, or the death of a job, everyone has to start again somewhere along the way. The key is one’s perspective.

Many people see the death as a finale.  However, the death of one thing can mean the planting and growth of a new thing.  Take for example, my favorite flower – the tulip.  The tulip is a flower that does not bloom year round.  Once the bulb is planted, the tulip eventually begins to grow.  With care and time, that bulb begins to blossom into a beautiful flower bursting with color.  After a short season (too short in my opinion), the tulip plant begins to wilt and appears to die. It shrivels up and looks like a weed.  During this time, the plant is going through the dormant period of its life cycle.

I once planted tulips and they grew so beautifully, in almost every color of the rainbow.  I took great pride in those tulips as we set my baby daughter in front of them to take some pictures (that baby daughter is now thirteen years old). Sadly, a few months later those amazing tulips began to shrivel up.  I thought they had died because the Florida heat was too much for them.  Little did I know that if I had dug those bulbs up and kept them cool, I could have planted them again the following year. That period of dormancy (or “death”) was simply what needed to happen in order for the plants to start again.

Today, I pray that if you are experiencing a type of death in your life (hopefully not your own), you will find hope in this fact. Jesus says, “I am making all things new.” (Revelations 21:5)  That includes you and your life! So, embrace the death of the old and look for the positive in the newness that is brought forth. Like the tulip, you will bloom once more.

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