I went down to my favourite café the other morning and for the second day in a row, the door was closed with no sign of anyone inside. It should have been open. I was worried that something might have happened.
I live in a very small beachside town which is, arguably, over-serviced by small cafes. But Ebbs is different. It is organic in both food and nature. The food is all home made. The coffee is local and single origin. The place has heart and soul.
I should have gone there more often.
As I drove away, memories came flooding back of all the wonderful breakfasts and coffees with cake Emily and I enjoyed there last year when she was home for awhile. I hadn’t realised how much that little place had come to signify everything about that time. It’s not so much the coffee as the memories.
Why oh why am I so sentimental? I cling to the things I love. I never want them to change!
It reminds me that nothing stays the same. That change is the one constant. And I should know. I have experienced more change in the past few years than one small person should have to know in a lifetime. But I am here. I am okay. I am learning to negotiate change with more grace than I would have once thought possible. It’s something we all need to know how to do, because our lives are filled to the brim with endings and beginnings.
You need endings so that beginnings can happen. Beginnings don’t happen for no reason and nor do endings. Each has a precise place in the process of living and growing more into our selves. Every loss makes a space in our hearts for something new to fill. Every change leaves room for more and potentially better. I remind myself that this is the way of things. Life has always been like this. It’s how progress happens.
Eureka! The café is open again. The owner had a family emergency but all is well. My coffee cup runneth over ;)
Lesson learned: Don’t take anything for granted!
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