You chart the path ahead of me, and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where where I am. Psalm 139:3 (NLV)
“YOU ARE THE HERO OF YOUR LIFE’S JOURNEY – no one else can do it for you, others can point out the best route, they can encourage you and feed you, but you are the one who has to do the work putting one foot in front of the other to reach your destination.”
Have you ever had your life suddenly disrupted? Life was jogging along with its routines and ups and downs when an event or news disrupts your life and it changes for ever. You were thrown into a great ocean of emotions swirling and crashing around you, they ebbed and flowed like a giant tidal wave and you struggled to surface again. How do you get back on track with your life again?
Or did you wake up one morning and look in the mirror and see your wrinkles and the spectre of old age looking back at you?
Hi, my name is Deryn, I was thrown into this life changing moment when at the age of 38 my husband of 17 years wanted a divorce. I had to cope as a single parent, I moved countries, changed jobs and had to start my life over. This was the first of many re-inventions of my life, I realised that through these transitions I had built up resilience to change and could help guide others through their transitions.
I would have loved for someone to have helped me finding my way, a friend who could have guided me and encouraged me. I did have the help of some family and friends and my faith in God which helped me back on my feet again.
I worked as a Geological Cartographer as well as an artist and I came up with the idea of a map designed as a guide to help you navigate through these transitions. There are so many metaphors in the mining world that helped me see beyond the present circumstances, and I hope they will help others too.
You are the Hero of your own life’s journey, no one else can do it for you, others can point out the best route, they can encourage you and feed you, but you are the one who has to do the work putting one foot in front of the other to reach your destination.
So if you are willing for me to be a guide and help you navigate through your transitions, we will cross those bridges not only when we get to them, but we will plan for them in advance, as preparation is key to remaining calm and having a plan of action. This doesn’t mean you wont have the swirling emotions that go with them, but that you will be anchored. You have a map to find your way.
My secure world was shattered the day my husband asked for a divorce, and again later when the man I was going to marry committed suicide. I never expected to be the carer for my late husband who had vascular dementia and the road that would lead me along. I prepared well in advance for retirement, but even with all the planning and foresight, wisdom and experience it was still a difficult process that had to be navigated.
I am still on this journey called life, I still have my faith in God as that is my final destination and have that inner joy of being contentment in all circumstances and am rich in experiences which I shall be happy to share with you to encourage you along your pathway through life’s transitions.