I knew that I was waiting for next. But, I didn't realize that I was in the middle. I was talking to my older daughter about my plans and she said ”You’re in the middle!” I was stunned! Her reference took me back to a women’s conference (IF Conference) that she and I had attended last year in St. Petersburg (FL). The first speaker was a woman from England who spoke about being in the middle.
Ok. So I'm in the middle. Recognizing that I’m in the middle doesn't change anything. It is actually relaxing knowing that I’m in the middle and what being in the middle implies. It implies that I’m in the middle of a beginning and an end of something. Ending something isn’t sad. Ending something allows for closure and then the beginning of something else. To start something new, you have to end something. We don’t think about that. To start a new job, you must end a current job. To start a new relationship, you either have to end an existing relationship or end not being in a relationship. Something has to end. When my parents took me to college, I was so excited about going to college that I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t see my parents every day. I didn’t realize that my parents would move me into my dorm room and then leave. But, that is exactly what happened, because when you start something, you have to end something.
Being in the middle gives us time to settle in. The middle gives us time to get comfortable with what was new. The middle is where the newness wears off and we can really enjoy the fruit from our growing pains. We notice how much we have grown when we are in the middle. The middle is where most people spend a lot of time.
As I reflect on my middle, I am reminded of how much better I am now than I was at the beginning – professionally, relationally (my marriage), socially and spiritually. I’ve matured and enhanced my skills. My outlook is different. I have a growth mindset that is full of possibilities. As you reflect on your middle, have you grown or do you see changes that need to be made? If you have determined that changes are needed, what changes need to be made and when will you make them? Use your time in the middle to assess your growth or lack of growth and decide how you should proceed. Enjoy the middle while you wait for next.
Book Signings in 2019:
🙂6/15 - Barnes & Noble, St. Petersburg, FL. (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
😁8/3 - Barnes & Noble, Sarasota, FL (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
😉8/10 - Barnes & Noble, Brandon, FL (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
☺️8/10 - Barnes & Noble, South Tampa, FL (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
😁10/5 - Barnes & Noble, Sarasota, FL (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
🙂11/2 - Barnes & Noble, South Tampa, FL (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.)