Moving On

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There is a time to move on. That is what my grandmother told me many years ago. It is how we move on that makes life interesting, productive, meaningful.

We cannot change time, or the season. What we can do is embrace the present, to honour the moments that are given and affirm the poignancy of our inability to hold time in abeyance.

Cities are no different. They are ever-changing, a reflection of our evolving societies. As the Scottish scientist, Patrick Geddes, noted, “But a city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.” And time moves on, with new dramas appearing and receding into archival memory.

La Taqueria restaurant, situated on Cambie and Broadway, close to City Hall is on the move. The building is scheduled for demolition, making way for a new construction that promises more space and amenities. For patrons of La Taqueria, the move is only a block away. Within the messages of gratitude written on the walls, there is a recognition of moving on, for acknowledging that what was once, is no more. There is also a sense of excitement, anticipation, a commitment to accept what comes next.

“To every thing here is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

20 thoughts on “Moving On

  1. One hundred percent correct, that life evolves, causing times to move on and what worked then more often than none can stand change to a degree more or less near always for the better.
    When we are young this is an adventure that excites due to a level of uncertainty, that which is justified with time in the future to correct if necessary. As we age, the status quo is more comfortable because the window of correction shrinks with the shortness of our future. However if wisdom has taken place in our aging, we will as you report, acknowledge, what was once is no more, thus one will allow to be swept along with the sense of excitement, anticipation, a commitment to accept what comes next.
    This I acknowlege with conviction, and a sense of assuredness, being the subject of self re-invention more times than I wish to count, without ever regretting, long or short term, any of the many said changes. Not having followed this self-preservation way of living life to its fullest, would have been nothing short of living a dead life!

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    • Oh, Jean-Jacques – your words are full of wisdom and compassionate understanding of what it means to live a big life. I too have that assuredness that we must continue to explore with anticipation what is around the next corner. Not in terms of years, but in moments that amaze. To choose happiness, to fully experience the age we find ourselves, rather than look back or forward to another time. Self-reinvention is a marvelous way to meet yourself over and over again. Thank you for your visit – so very much appreciated.

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    • Thank you,Cindy. What I am finding is that life is a breath, but if we take a deep breath, the oxygen of joy keeps us active, engaged, curious. There is an abundance of joy when I visit you space. Hugs

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    • Ah, a perfect word – impermanence. We are ever transitioning, moving with the flow of the universe. May we embrace the moments given with the confidence of knowing this is our place in time. Always a joy to see your comments.Hugs!

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    • Thank you so much for you heart-warming comments. Every time I stop by your place, I feel the oxygen of joy coming through the WIFI. Hugs coming back your way. Welcome to a new week of possibilities.

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  2. Am I to understand that this lovely art pictured in your post will be “no more”? If so, you will be glad that you have these lovely photos of the place–recorded good memories. Hence the value of our cameras! Yes, times and places change! ! It is the fact of life.

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    • I agree – cameras provide memories that we forget. Have you ever noticed that when a new building is built, we forget what was there before. Susan Sontag says it best: “All photographs are momento more. To take a photograph is to participate in another’s person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt. “

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  3. A very interesting post and relevant to everyday life. The constant thing in life is change. I enjoyed reading this today because I recently moved on from a job and I’m anticipating a better future. Life’s in stages, and as you wrote, we can’t stop the seasons but we should live and enjoy the present.
    Thanks for sharing.😀

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    • Hello Seyi! I am delighted to see your comments. I agree wholeheartedly that life is lived in stages and that each stage presents opportunities, possibilities and challenges. I wish you all the best on your new adventures. I am not sure why I’m not getting your posts in my reader. I have unfollowed and followed once again. Hugs!

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  4. Hello Clanmother, same here, I hardly see your posts in my reader, I think I’ll unfollow and follow you too and see how it goes. Have a great weekend!😀😀

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    • I share you interest and excitement about how street art is embedded in our social interactions. It is a way of communicating to the unknown person that will pass by sometime in the future. Street arts confirms that something special happened at this location – it celebrates connections, and validates a sense of well-being or angst. A few days ago I visited Edmonton and was able to see the new Okuda San Miguel’s mural on a 6 story building in Old Strathcona. I thought of you as I took photos. Stay tuned for a post. Hugs!!

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