Friday, December 4, 2009

Change is in the air…


I am typically not good with change.

I like stability, undisturbance, peace, fluidity.

This year, however, I am learning to not only embrace change, but learning to welcome it.

Changes in plans,

Changes in hopes,

Changes in expectations,

Changes in the way in which I think and pray.

So, this week, when we were given some unexpected news about some changes taking place within our extended family, I made an effort to sit back and think about how I was meant to respond.

It is interesting to see how different people respond to change.

Looking around even our small extended family, it is like an experiment into the emotional psyche of humanity.

I am trying to tread gently here…especially as emotions are raw and loss is being felt on many different levels right now.

But, I think as we enter December and I begin to reflect on my year, I have taken a different approach to this change, as well as others -

I embrace it.

Not because it makes life easier (because it doesn’t), or because it’s a welcomed change (because it’s not), but because I am learning that change isn’t random.

Changes are perfectly planned opportunities meant to change us.

And for that in itself I welcome change.

Expected and unexpected.

Desired and unwanted.

Small and life changing.

Change is not just a part of life, it is a gift.

I will leave you with this – wisdom from those who have gone before. Who have known change, and have lived to speak well of it:

“All changes, even the most longed for, 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

“When we are no longer able to change a situation,

we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Victor Frankl

“When you are through changing, you are through.”

Bruce Barton

“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.”

Ellen Glasgow

“Things do not change; we change.”

Henry David Thoreau


CitricSugar said...

This is a wonderful selection of quotes. I am reminded of a few more:

If you are going through hell, keep going. Churchill

Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end. (I can't remember the source on that one.)

I hope you can ride out the flux. Take care!

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