Hope you got what you needed

My Zen teacher used to say that to me when an experience or phase of life came to an end. And then he would add with a huge smile, "I know I did." Each experience, relationship, or phase of life offers something to us. And each of these things is totally unique. Even if the type of experience, location, and characters are the same, the context is slightly different- and so are we.

And most experiences and phases of life go so fast. But when we are in them they seem to move slowly. It feels like we have all the time in the world. Like it will always be this way. And then suddenly something shifts and it is over. That's usually when we say, "Wow, I never got to do this and this." Life can be so final.

Another expression my teacher used was, "Doors open and doors close."  This is based on the premise that doors or possibilities are constantly opening to us- but they only stay open for so long. If we procrastinate, think about it, or hesitate for too long, the door closes before we can walk through it.

But it's not to late... to appreciate the experience and phase of life you are in. Take the time to enjoy and celebrate the phase you are in. Feel the richness. Discover and learn what it has to teach you.

Your children will never be this age again. Your career or business will never have these dynamics or market conditions again. Your marriage or relationship will never feel quite like this again.

And then one day... your child moves out of the house, your job changes, or your relationship ends. I hope you got what you needed.

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