All changes, even the most longed for, must have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~Anatole France
My friend Ruth Hannah posted this quote on her blog and I sat with it for some time. The poignant and moving words speak volumes on why any change is tough, even the ones we want so much for our own good. In order to move forward, we must grieve the behaviors or life we are leaving behind.
Grief is unavoidable. We can try and run from it yet it will always be there waiting. Preparing for this grief when desiring behavior or life change can help one successfully move forward.