Change is constant

The old sort-of joke that nothing is certain except death and taxes – first said by Benjamin Franklin – isn’t really true. It only seems true and makes us groan.

But there is one thing that’s certain, and that’s change. Change is a function of movement, and movement is inherent in anything that exists, including us.

The odd thing for me, and possibly for you, is that I don’t really like change. Even though I know in my heart that everything changes all the time, when things are going well, I don’t want anything to change: I want to keep walking through an October forest in the early morning forever, or never leave a warm bath, or enjoy a favorite meal, or be with a loved one … forever.

But, that isn’t possible, and if I’m honest with myself, if I really did have one of those experiences forever, my enjoyment of it, at least, would change – to boredom or even worse.

Change is constant. That means that what follows a particularly bad day isn’t going to be so bad, what we knew a month ago is old news now that helps us move to a new level, what we thought was cool last year is not so cool today.

We can slow things down to some extent. We can also speed things up. But, we can’t stop our lives from changing. So, why not try to enjoy it.

Quote of the Week

Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

 

How changing your mindset can help you embrace change

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