A good friend asked me about moving on in life, whether from one moment to the next, or a major event or stage. The trick is to become “engaged” with life. Transitions are never smooth, nor is the pathway easily identified. The most compelling force in our lives is our community of family and friends. Connecting with life means that we connect with each other. For example when you see children leave home for the first time. In this scenario, there are three events unfolding simultaneously: 1) a child taking the first steps into an adult world, 2) a parent encouraging the child to fulfill his/her destiny, 3) a parent embracing the most important time of their life: the time of renewal and artistic endeavor. There is a symbiotic relationship of accepting and supporting on both sides. It is never easy to give up what we have been, to move on to an unknown. But there are others that have gone on before us – they can help. That is why we must treasure the kindred spirits that we meet along our way. They become beacons of hope in the darkness. Have you ever noticed it is always the darkest before the dawn? And a rainbow comes with rain.