Expect Seasons of ChangeOctober 18, 2022
Recently a friend of mine had numerous life changes occur in a short 45-day period in her life. Her long-term boyfriend got a job transfer out of state. She put her house on the market & sold it. She quit her local job & accepted a job out of state. Her long-term boyfriend proposed & she began planning their wedding in an entirely different state. Any one of these events would be life-changing by themselves, but my friend is having them occur together as she is experiencing a season of change.
What is a season? A season is a period of time. It is temporary. It changes.
Common examples of seasons include: the 4 seasons of a year, Hurricane Season, & a season for each sport like football season & baseball season.
Since we know seasons are temporary & will change, we must be prepared for changes to occur in our lives. Occasionally in counseling sessions, I play a board game with children entitled “Family Changes”. It demonstrates that our families may change through births, deaths, marriages, divorces, foster care, & adoption. In 1965, the Byrds had a hit song entitled “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)". Most of the lyrics are taken directly from Scripture & can be found in Ecclesiastes 3:1-15. Verse 11 reminds us “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”
So many times, I wish that I could give others the gift of perspective.
What would our problems of today look like through the lens of time? Would it be important or insignificant?
Will this be important in a week from now? A month? A year? 10 years?
Our life here on Earth is temporary. We can make more money but we can not make more time.
Laura Langley, MS, LPC-S was born & raised in Southeast Texas. She earned both her Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees from the Psychology Dept at Lamar University. After graduating with her Master’s in 2005, she joined Samaritan Counseling Center in 2006 in order to complete her internship to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. She gained experience serving children, teens, adults, & couples. When her internship was completed in 2008, Laura began working with kids & teens in the foster care system as she accepted a job with Buckner Children & Family Services. In 2011, Laura moved out of the area & gained supervisory & management experience working for a local mental health authority (formerly known as a MHMR). Laura returned to Southeast Texas in 2015, where she began working for Family Services of Southeast Texas for the next 6 yrs. There she continued to provide counseling to individuals as well as lead classes in Parenting and also Anger Management. In October 2021, Laura returned to her roots by rejoining Samaritan Counseling Center. In addition to her 15+ yrs of experience, Laura brings with her welcoming personality, an eagerness to laugh, a desire to see people change while also meeting people “where they are”.