Reflections in gratitude

For years, I have used the February column to celebrate different types of love. This time I would like to touch on bittersweet love, like when we love someone but can’t be with them, or when we love a place but must leave it for something that promises to be better. Bittersweet love is just how it sounds: complicated. It’s that feeling you have in the pit of your stomach when you pack your child off to college – so happy for their adventure to come but so sad for how much you will miss them.

As I write this, I am juggling those same conflicting feelings of happiness and sadness. This will be my last A New View column in the Celebration News. My husband and I have decided it is time to shake things up a little and make a life change that we have been looking forward to for some time. We will be leaving Celebration and heading toward the beach. While I will continue my work as a psychotherapist, I won’t have that quick and easy jaunt over to Starbucks in the middle of the my day. However, before we leave, I want to share my sincerest gratitude for our last 21 years in this beautiful, unique place.

I have loved that my kids grew up here, able to hang out safely downtown and enjoy the privilege of being so close to Disney. “You know it is not normal to have your prom at Disney World,” I said more than once. I love that I was able to realize my professional dreams here, earning my graduate degree from Stetson and enjoying an immensely rewarding career in private practice. I love the beauty of our neighborhoods and bike trails, having spent hundreds of hours biking everywhere and seeing something new every time. I love the philanthropic work I undertook with the Celebration Foundation, especially the Thriving in Place and WINGS programs. I love how this community always pitches in to help each other whenever there is a need. I have loved writing this column. Finally, I love all the fascinating people I have met along the way.

Sometimes I hear people say, “Celebration has changed so much.” I should hope so. No community can stay vibrant without growth and change. There is so much to be grateful for and appreciate in this beautiful community. Thank you for sending us off with joy in our hearts and wishing the same for each of you.


By Eileen Crawford, a psychotherapist in private practice. She can be reached at eileen@Counselingfor

The above article appears in the February 2020 edition of the Celebration News