While we often think of change as difficult or uncomfortable, it is always happening. The earth is changing and our attitudes changes. We change our vote, our dreams, the people we spend time with, the food we eat and the desires that shape and form even our subtlest actions.
The better you respond to change and uncertainty, the happier you will be. I used to resist change. I was slow to adopt and adapt, but now I welcome it because I see it for what it really is. I don’t just accept change, I instigate and challenge it, because change is hope and possibility.
The possibility of change offers …
- a chance to start over
- time to rethink the beliefs that have we never questioned
- an invitation to the new and different
- less judgement on ourselves and others
- connection with people who are most like us
- a release of past mistakes
- a looser grip on plans and expectations
- recognition of our beautiful and not so beautiful flaws
- opportunity to do something we never thought possible
- apologies and acceptance
- a reminder that things can be different
- the realization that we deserve better
- inspiration through action
What I most love about change is that I can choose it anytime. When I am fully present and undistracted, I can change to better serve and love the people around me, my health, and all of the things that I value most.
Simple truths about change
- Change isn’t about perfection but in many ways inspired and motivated by imperfection.
- Change is adding and subtracting, experimenting and trying again.
- Change cannot be measured by one end result.
- There is no one right way to change.
- You can’t completely change for someone you love.
- You can’t love someone enough to make them change.
Real change is more than a haircut or a nip and tuck. Real, true change is an inside out transformation through a deep connection with what you most care about. That doesn’t mean the tiny changes don’t count. Big, beautiful change is almost always at the intersection of many small, slow changes.
Maybe change is scary and difficult, but it will never be as uncomfortable or disappointing as complacency or hopelessness. When you stop changing, you close the door on possibility. Give change a chance to work in your life. You can choose it anytime.
What do you want to change?