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How to Accept Change: Lessons From the Life of a Bubble Poem

Janis is a licensed professional counselor in Washington, DC. Areas of specialty include grief, loss, life transition, and trauma recovery.

The Changing Life of a Bubble in Transition

Full of life, vibrancy and color, a bubble transitions quickly before disappearing into thin air.

Full of life, vibrancy and color, a bubble transitions quickly before disappearing into thin air.

"My Life as a Bubble"


Confined inside but able to see

A clear view from within

Delicately surrounded by the thinnest shield

So strong but permeable


I hang suspended in rainbows

Bold color shining through a prism

As God's light, hitting on all sides

Perfectly covers my roundness


Driven gracefully by the wind

I'm pushed from one side to the other

As I shift and transform in size

I wait patiently for direction


I thin out and lose my radiance

As I weaken and descend

Gasping for the air that once filled me

I POP! . . . dissipating into nothing


Bouncing up and down

As a floating sphere of liquid

I begin to lack shape and gleam

Fading . . . fading into grey


I ascend the air in spirit

Holding onto every memory

Collected inside the space

Seen through the sheer window of life


The Lightness of Being

Bubbles are short-lived, sheer lightness of being.

Bubbles are short-lived, sheer lightness of being.

Approaching Life's Changes Courageously

The bubble offers us a wonderful metaphor for moving through life transitions.

As she shines with stunning visual beauty and breath-taking properties, the bubble embraces every moment with grace.

Even as she gasps for air, knowing the ends is near, she does it with dignity.

We too, should be so courageous as we approach life's transitions in all areas of our lives.

The bubble teaches us to keep our heads up and look to the sky as change comes.

We can't avoid change, be it loss, death, letting go, moving forward, or moving on.

Life is short, as evidenced by the life of a bubble.

Let us live every bit of it, shining colorfully and brightly, with each breath, as if it were our last.

Ascending Bubbles

Colorful bubbles ascend above the clouds.

Colorful bubbles ascend above the clouds.

Types of Life Transitions

Drifting Bubbles

Many memories driven by the transitioning winds of life are captured in drifting bubbles.

Many memories driven by the transitioning winds of life are captured in drifting bubbles.

© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans

Share your thoughts about life's transitions and the bubble metaphor. Thanks for reading this article.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on February 21, 2018:

You're welcome, Robin. So glad you liked it. I appreciate the fan mail.

Robin Carretti from Hightstown on February 21, 2018:

Very creatively done inside a bubble its amazing what blows your way thanks again

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on July 23, 2013:

LOL, thanks, Man of Strength. I never realized that either until I started writing the poem. Thanks for stopping by.

Man of Strength from Orlando, Fl on July 23, 2013:

Hi, jan

Never has the life of a bubble been more interesting. Voted up!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on July 05, 2013:

Yes it does, what we have is so fragile, we must appreciate. I appreciate you for reading it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 05, 2013:

Awesome work, also a lovely photo, life seen through a bubble gets one thinking even more about appreciating life.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 03, 2013:

Oooo, mission accomplished! I'm so glad to hear that, suzettenaples. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I appreciate your visit.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on June 03, 2013:

I just love this poem and the metaphor of the bubble. So delicate and ephemeral. To see life through a bubble is to see all the colors and fragility of life as the fragility of the bubble. What a wonderful poem and I so enjoyed reading this. It left me feeling light and airy!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 02, 2013:

I'm so glad to hear that, Phyllis. Thanks again.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on June 02, 2013:

You are most welcome, Jan. I am finding that your poem has greatly helped me to accept and embrace some things in my life during this transition.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 02, 2013:

Thanks, Phyllis, for your glowing comments. God works in mysterious ways - that you would find this poem now that resonates where you are on your journey. I'm grateful for your visit and votes.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 02, 2013:

Thank you for reading it, cynthtggt, glad you liked it. Thank you so much for visiting and voting for this special poem.

Cynthia Taggart from New York, NY on June 02, 2013:

What a beautifully written poem about transition and the "permeable" part of ourselves. It is a metaphor to keep always. Love this. Voted up and awesome.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on June 01, 2013:

Jan, this is the perfect poem/hub for me to read tonight. I am in the midst of transition, which I am embracing with every part of my being. Your poem, even before I read your metaphor of the bubble, conveyed to me the importance and beauty of embracing every moment of life. Thank you for such beauty and insight to the human soul and all life.

Voted all ups except funny. Delightful, absolutely delightful poem and metaphor.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 21, 2013:

Thank you, Audrey, glad you liked this one. I was sitting at my computer and asked myself, "What are you gonna write about today?" I have bubbles for my screensaver which came on and I said, "aha!" The poem literally started "spinning" out of me. Very perceptive of you :-) I appreciate your visit and the sharing.

Audrey Howitt from California on May 21, 2013:

You spin this metaphor out beautifully Jan--a subtle rendering and a beautiful write

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 18, 2013:

You are quite welcome, Nell; glad I found you, too. Thank you so much for the visit to my bubble hub :-) I really appreciate it.

Nell Rose from England on May 18, 2013:

I would never have thought of the similarities between us and bubbles, but this was beautiful, and yes so true too, I am glad you found my hub, otherwise I would have missed out on this lovely poem, thanks, nell

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 18, 2013:

Hello Colin and cats. It's afternoon now here. Had a busy morning. Thank you for this warm exchange. I'm so glad you like this poem. Your critique is wonderful and I'm grateful for it. I'm so pleased you like my work. Thanks for the visit.

epigramman on May 18, 2013:

Good morning Janis from Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time ontario 8:54am with my first cup of coffee and some haggis and blood pudding (a Scottish treat and it makes for a good breakfast)

while listening to some glorious J.S. Bach

I just love how you wrote these words in first person pronoun and giving it a more personal touch - the tone is very delicate and your sentiments are poignant. Thank you for this lovely write from a beautiful heart and I admire you for your fine selections of hubs on your page.

Sending you warm wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 17, 2013:

Wonderful, Bedbugabscond. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Melody Collins from United States on May 16, 2013:

When I am going through difficult transitions I just keep singing Dorie's just keep swimming song. Thank goodness for Finding Nemo.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 16, 2013:

Thanks, Eddy. That means a lot. I appreciate the enthusiastic vote.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 16, 2013:

Oh, thank you, travmaj, for the beautiful comment. I'm so pleased that it resonated so well with you. Thanks so much for the visit.

Eiddwen from Wales on May 16, 2013:

Beautiful words;beautiful poem.Voted up for sure.

Eddy.

travmaj from australia on May 16, 2013:

Fascinating - bubble metaphor - it echoes the many transitions throughout life's journey. I can't honestly say I haven't stumbled through some changes - bouncing up and down in my bubble.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 15, 2013:

Thank you for that precious comment, foemeno. I appreciate the visit.

David Charles from New York on May 15, 2013:

very spritual!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 15, 2013:

I'm honored to have had a hand in returning your appreciation of poetry, gohollywilde. I had been getting away from it myself, focusing on informational hubs. I'm glad you visited this hub. Have fun writing and reading some excellent work on HP. Thank you for your comment.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 15, 2013:

Thank you, Beth. I'm happy you stopped by and liked this one.

Beth37 on May 15, 2013:

Beautiful! :)

gohollywilde from Colorado on May 15, 2013:

I haven't read poetry in awhile. This makes me want to start again. Very pretty.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 14, 2013:

Oh, Faith Reaper, such kind words you offer. Thanks so much for reading, voting, and sharing :-) You are a blessing.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 14, 2013:

Oh, how very beautiful! Very clever writing and with a great message. Yes, we must push on as we experience life and its transitions.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 14, 2013:

Hi there, Bill, glad it resonated with you. I think you are the "change guru" around here. You share great lessons about the topic as well. Thanks for the visit.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 14, 2013:

What a lovely metaphor and job of writing, Jan! So very true...I love change and have grown to be very comfortable with transition and the wonders of it all.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 14, 2013:

I appreciate that, tillsontitan. Thanks for reading it "hot off the presses."

Mary Craig from New York on May 14, 2013:

This is beautiful Jan. We go through so many transitions in our lifetime, when we are lucky the bad ones "dissipate into nothing"! Lovely pictures, words, and thoughts.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.