Endings & Beginnings

You know I work on getting my 10,000 or more steps every day. Not as many as some, but still good. Walking in the neighborhood with the lake nearby and lots of trees seems to lend itself to more ponderings than walking in the mall does. IMG_3093 (1) Seen on Charley walk, they are untended. They bloom on their own every year. 2 flowers yesterday; 4 today. 

This morning’s walk got me to thinking about the approaching endings in my life. I’ve spent the last three years serving on my church’s governing board, the session, but that will end as new elders take over for the outgoing class. Leaving the session means I won’t chair two church committees. I’ll still serve on them, but not have a leadership role.

The other thing that’s ending very soon is the Relocation Central Commission and my chairing of that group. The RCC had its first meeting exactly two years ago today (Thursday, May 21) to begin the process of figuring out the process to move us from our old church building which we’d been in for over 75 years to a new building, with a detour to a temporary spot before making it to our new home. That move physically took place the end of March/first of April. Yes, the stay at home orders had gone into effect, but apparently moving is considered an essential business, for which I’m grateful.

IMG_5437 Former home of Ridglea Presbyterian Church

For the first year the RCC met weekly, then we met once a month, and finally went back to weekly meetings as the time to move into the new building approached.

parking lot With staying home, I don’t have a more recent pic of new/remodeled building.

We’re talking a kajillian agendas and even more minutes in various forms as they got edited. We were blessed by having excellent folks taking minutes. It will take forever to go through and prune documents from my hard drive and the paper copies!  And we’ve had great folks keeping up with the money. We’re all glad to know I didn’t have to do that. LOL

near office

We were able to save many of the stained glass windows.

I will miss spending time with the folks on the RCC. Because of the pandemic, we haven’t been able to have a dedication for the new facility. We’re finishing our work, but it’s kind of anticlimactic. Services are live streamed from there and we watch on Zoom and FB.

For the last year I’ve also been moderator for our Presbyterian Women of the Church. When I agreed to be the Co-Moderator, I foolishly expected the move “thing” to get accomplished in six to 9 months! I expected to be mostly through with the RCC before PW kicked in full time. Nope didn’t happen.

I tell you all of this—some of which I’ve mentioned in earlier posts—to make the point, I’m about to have a giant void in my life. Besides, the issue of suddenly having more “free” time, is the more important issue of not being “in the know.” And trusting others to make good decisions without my input. LOL  And I do trust them, but yes, it will be an interesting transition.

Many years ago, when I left the school board after serving for eight years, I experienced a similar transition. One day walking in the mall back then I found this plaque.


The words made me feel so much better about the changes taking place. I’ve kept this plaque out on my desk ever since then to remind me to keep open about change, something I’m not terribly fond of. I’ve found the saying on the plaque to be true.

Certainly, these days, we’re all experiencing upheaval, change and odd endings and beginnings going on all around us. I hope you will find the saying on this plaque to be as comforting as I have. What kinds of endings, beginnings, and changes have you experienced? As always, I love to hear from you.

Next Wednesday, May 27, I will be live on FB and maybe uTube at 1:15 Central time for about 12 minutes talking about my writing and books. I hope you’ll be able to stop by. I don’t have the link at this time but will send out a separate blog post with that whenever I get it. I’ll probably read from one or two of my books during that time. Hope you can stop by.

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8 responses to “Endings & Beginnings

  1. I can see why you’re so good at Zoom meetings. That would be hard to put all the work into getting a new church ready and not being able to actually go there and physically see it, talk with the others involved. I know you’re smart enough to realize it’s necessary and your church is Zooming it I believe, but still hard. And I suspect you’ll have no trouble filling the time in your day. Maybe another book?

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    • Hey, Pat. So busy getting ready for last session, I couldn’t even get back here. I apologize, I like to reply in real time. I do believe we’re making the right decision to not meet in person. More than half our congregation is over 65. It would be selfish of us to let down our guard. I think it’s taught us in a very real way, the church is so much more than a building. Hoping to release the next book, early fall. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂


  2. It was great seeing your photos, Marsha. I love the stained glass windows. I like the idea of new beginnings. I had a Muslim neighbour a few years back and we were very sad to say goodbye when we moved house. He told me ‘life is change’, and I’ve always remembered it and found it quite a comforting philosophy. I hope your new beginning brings you happiness.

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    • Hey, Helena. It’s hard to move and leave good neighbors. I like your friend’s saying, too. I think because I moved so much growing up is why I tend to shy away from change. I’m better about it than I used to be. I have lots of endings to tie up before I can get on to the new beginnings. The filing and recycling is going to make me nuts! LOL Thanks for your good wishes and for stopping by. 🙂


  3. I believe you will still be active in everything regarding your church. Keep writing and walking, Pilates, etc. You will have many new beginnings!

    I have a void. Not seeing anyone other than Bill. I talk to the neighbors from a distance when I see them or on the phone. Have video chats with our kids and grandkids. It’s not the same. I used to meet weekly with one group of friends, we’d have dinners with others, going different places with them. I’ve actually, sort of, turned down have drinks and appetizers twice with our neighbors. I know they don’t socially distance.

    None of my volunteer activities are happening. I quit working at the free clinic after eight years. I retired my RN license after 40 years. I worked the voting polls, worked to register new voters, volunteered at church. None of that is going on now. I won’t feel safe until there is a good vaccine.

    I try to fill my void so I don’t go nuts…lol with writing, game day, music, jamming, mystery shows and books, painting furniture, photography, gardening, talking Bill into building a music room. Lol!! 🙂 He bought some of the materials, changed his mind. I’m not giving up, still talking him into it. Everyone NEEDS a project.

    Marsha, before you know it, you won’t have enough time for everything. 🙂

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    • Hey, Susan, I hear you. No one is as in to so many different things as you, but you are so creative, you’re in a better place than most. Can you pour that “voidness” into your writing? I can see a great book coming from that pain. Our kids and grands are nearby, and we do get to see them fairly often. We’ve even hugged once. I’m getting my hair done today, so I won’t be hugging anyone for at least 14 days. Cleaning out is in my future. No more reasons I can’t get to it. LOL Hang in there, Susan. We’ll all get through this is we’re careful. Keep on bill about the music room. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  4. What a heartfelt blog. I can hear your feeling of loss in your words. But that New Beginnings plaque is your rock. Change is good. My mom always said “there is nothing more certain than change.” I am very jealous that you are getting a haircut. No haircuts here….yet. And probably by the time I get an appt, it’ll be another month!

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    • Hey, JQ. We live in a red state, the plan is to open up lots faster & faster. At the same times, our cases and deaths are rising! And people going out are mostly not using a mask. Makes no sense to me. 😦 I will wear a mask to the salon. They make us wait in our car until the stylist is ready, and everyone inside will have a mask on. I’ve heard from several folks who’ve gone have said they felt comfortable. I’ve really done pretty well considering it was the end of February when I last had my hair done, and just now it doesn’t look good. LOL I’ve been lucky. Your mom was wise. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂


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