Season’s End


Shortly before I left my job this past April, I had a conversation with a new co-worker about Facebook.  More specifically, we talked about why she wasn’t on Facebook.  “I believe people come into your life for a season,” she said.  “And when that season is over, you move on.”

I was reminded of that conversation last weekend as I admired two framed pieces of artwork in my sister’s house.  When I asked about them, my sister told me the story.  (Note:  this is why you should always ask about what you see – there’s bound to be a good story in there somewhere.)

When my sister and brother-in-law lived in Boston, they became friends with a woman who worked for the same company.  They stayed in touch, even after my sister and brother-in-law returned to North Carolina.  At some point and for reasons undisclosed, their friend hit a rough patch.  Life became very difficult for her.  By this time, she was working with a family member in some type of antiques sales business.

Brooch become art

Brooch becomes art

She began creating art as a way of dealing with her situation.  She would come across a brooch or some other piece of jewelry in the business and make it the centerpiece of a painting.  She would then find an antique frame and put it all together.

As my sister said, “She had never done anything artistic before this and when she got through this rough time, she stopped.  She hasn’t made anything since.”

I realized then that my “season” of writing this blog had come to its end.  When I started this last June, I was very unhappy in my work and desperately needed a creative outlet.  I needed to focus on the positive things all around me as I came up with a way out of my employment situation.

Now that I am out of that job, I am creatively engaged in building a new business venture, becoming more active in my volunteer work and doing all kinds of delayed projects around the house and yard.  My brain is much happier these days as I am interested in everything that I’m doing.  And I have found that writing posts for On The Sunny Side just aren’t a priority any more.

Since I am one of those people who likes loose ends neatly tied as I close out a project, I knew that I needed to write this closing post.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to read any of the Sunny Side posts, who commented or who signed up to follow this blog.  I know those of you who blog will understand when I say what a thrill it was to be notified that there was a comment waiting or that someone from some other area of the world was now following the blog!  I look forward just to reading and commenting for awhile.  There are so many people writing interesting blogs and sharing incredible photographs.  What a world we live in!

Daylillies in full glory

Roadside Daylilies

This picture is from my first post last June.  I rode past this intersection Saturday evening and the daylilies are in full bloom again.

One season ends…another begins.

6 responses »

  1. I continue to be inspired by you long after our working side by side day after day. You make me want to be a better person. Thank you for sharing these thoughts as I have greatly enjoyed reading your blogs.

  2. I hope you enjoyed writing all of these. I enjoyed reading each one. It was like we were sitting there talking, and that is of course is one of my favorite things to do with my best friend. Rob

  3. I’ve loved reading (and being inspired by) your posts! I can’t even remember how I found your blog, but your topics and writing style always spoke to me. I wish you all the best in your next adventures.

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