When lilac displayed blossoms behind our house in the Spring, life was too busy for me to breathe much into her beauty. Realizing when she was through that I’d missed my chance, I imagined that I’d wait a year, and be more diligent and present to our young lilac bush in 2018.
Lo and behold….we have had such a summer-like fall for the most part that lilac has pushed forth October leaves and blossoms, offering me a second chance.
Which leads me to muse about second chances.
Close your eyes.
Breathe into this phrase.
Do you recall second chances you’ve slipped on, too?
My heart and mind sees boyfriends when I was young, my marriage, divorce and a few post-divorce relationships that have fed my growth.
I consider the daughter of a friend whose boyfriend recently was killed by a drunk driver.
My heart grieves with her daughter for this loss and sends love, while lilac today reminds me of second chances.
In time, this young woman will have new opportunities to give and receive love.
I consider relationships that have ended, houses I’ve moved away from and creative expression a bit squashed in my family which now blossoms beyond anything I could have imagined.
I’m an author spreading joy twice so far, and my first children’s book is being illustrated for publication in its time.
Who knows what second chances will arise when something else has passed, died or gone away?
There’s always a chance for new birth, isn’t there?
To all the second chances we live into!