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are those of us who find change to be a wonderfully
invigorating experience, and those of us who find change
to be terrifying. Since I belong to the first group, I
find it hard to understand those who belong to the second
group, but I recognize that as my shortcoming, not theirs.
I like change because I'm used to change, and because I've
gone through change regularly. I know how positive it can
be because I've experienced it, and I've seen the results
of change. I know that even the changes that seem to be
very negative end up being positive--how many people who
have been laid off have found even better jobs doing work
they love doing, though they never would have done so--never
would have changed--if they hadn't been forced to?
wonderful friend now lives a couple of thousand miles
away because her husband was laid off and found work
elsewhere--but they love where they are and what they're
doing. It's the same for another friend who's a few hundred miles
away now--she loves her new job and her new life.
Change terrifies because the status quo is usually
comfortable. We can pay the bills and keep food on the
table the way things are, so why change anything? That's
one way the military gets people to re-up: focus on the
pleasantness of the secure, steady income, and remind
people of the risks of getting out into the real world. But change shouldn't be terrifying if we trust life and
trust God. Life goes on no matter what happens to us
individually, and it's always rife with opportunity and
possibility, yet somehow we focus on the limitations and
impossibilities. If our lives change, then we have to
examine the change and search out the positive in it,
search out the potential in it.
grown up in a family with a father in the military, we
were forced to change our entire lives regularly, and it
never hurt us. We learned a lot from the change, and
though there are times when I wish I had some roots
somewhere, someplace I could call home, I know that what
I learned about myself and others from having gone
through so much change is invaluable in my life. The
change sometimes wounded us, and we missed out on long-term
friendships and relationships, but it never killed us,
and we always got something from it.
is not without its dark side, of course. Change is inevitable, and it seems to have become much
more common in our culture. We change jobs, homes,
families, spouses, cars, everything much more often and
readily than we used to, and many people use change to avoid facing
problems that are extremely important parts of their
lives. The people who give up on their marriages without
making a true effort to work through the problems are causing
more problems than they're solving -- running away from
problems is not true change, but avoidance. These people
are not growing through change, but trying to use change to
help them to avoid potentially difficult effort and
change is very positive if we look at it in a healthy way,
yet there are still many who
balk at change, who allow the possibility of change
to terrify them, to take away their lust for living, to
make them back away from life. Change and risk go hand in
hand, and the life without risk can not be a full life,
for human beings are by nature dynamic and full of life
and energy. Let change happen, go with it, move with it,
learn from it. Don't let it pull you down or make you
feel afraid. Trust life and trust God that the change
will be for the best, then look for the best--don't
expect it to announce itself to you.
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One must never
lose time in vainly regretting the past or
in complaining against the
changes which cause us discomfort,
for change is the essence of life.
mighty law is change.
the change you want to see in the world.
are happiest in this restless and mutable world
who are in love with
change, who delight in what is new
simply because it differs from what
who rejoice in every innovation, and find a strange alert
in all that is, and that has never been before.
of us knows what the next
change is going to be,
is just around the corner,
waiting to change all
tenor of our lives.
If one changes internally,
one should not continue to live with the
same objects. They
reflect one's mind and psyche of yesterday.
I throw away what has
no dynamic, living use. I keep nothing to
remind me of
of time, deterioration, loss, shriveling.
is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things:
First, a dissatisfaction with self--a felt void or need; second, a
to change--to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious
to the process of growth and change--the willful act of
the change; Doing Something.
In spite of all
our hopes, dreams, and efforts, change is real
and forever. Accept
it fearlessly. Investigate the
unknown; neither fear nor worship
Joseph A. Bauer
think that all human systems require continuous renewal. They
They get stuff in the joints. They forget what
they cared about. The forces
against it are nostalgia and the
enormous appeal of having things the way
they always have been, appeals
to a supposedly happy past.
But we've got to move on.
Those who reject change are
architects of decay.
The only human institution which rejects
change is the cemetery.
dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time;
what we really want is for things to remain the same but get
Not everything that is faced
can be changed.
But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
knows change can make your
Live for today but hold
your hands open to tomorrow. Anticipate the future and its changes
There is a seed of Godís
love in every event,
every unpleasant situation in which
you may find yourself. Donít get
stuck in a rut or hung up on an outdated
blessing. You serve a God of change!
all great civilizations that perished did so because
crystallized, because they were incapable of adapting
themselves to new
conditions, new methods, new points of view.
It is as though
people would literally rather die than change.
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We have a hunch that it is possible to live
a better, more balanced, and less
stressful life, but many of us
firmly believe that we donít have the time or energy
the necessary changes, even though perhaps just one small change
significantly reduce our stress levels.
Instead of striving for attainable incremental
we sometimes complain as if our lives are completely out of our
Why should anyone be
afraid of change? What can
take place without it?
What can be more pleasing
or more suitable to universal nature?
Can you take your bath without the firewood undergoing
a change? Can
you eat without the food undergoing a change? And can anything useful
be done without change?
Don't you see that for you to change is just the same,
and is equally
necessary for universal nature?
nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, is the
first mark of existence. It is the ordinary state of
affairs. Everything is in
process. Everything--every tree, every blade of grass, all the
insects, human beings, buildings, the animate and the inanimate--is
changing, moment to moment. We don't have to be mystics or
to know this. Yet at the level of personal experience, we resist
fact. It means that life isn't always going to go our way.
It means there's
loss as well as gain. And we don't like that.
Once I was changing jobs and houses at the same time.
I felt insecure,
uncertain, and groundless. Hoping that he would say something that
help me work with these changes, I complained to Trungpa Rinpoche about
having trouble with transitions. He looked at me sort of blankly
"We are always in transition." Then he said, "If
you can just relax with that,
you'll have no problem."
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The powerful potential
behind change lies in the possibility that each
new beginning will bring us greater joy and freedom than we have ever
known. Whether or not that actually happens--whether or not we
continue to grow through the cycles of our lives--is largely up to us.
We play a part in what happens by choosing how we see our changes,
our beginnings, our endings. We can see each ending as a tragedy
lament and resist it, or we can see each ending as a new beginning and
a new birth into greater opportunities. What the caterpillar sees
tragedy of death, the butterfly sees as the miracle of birth.
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transformation announces itself in sputtering fits and starts,
sparked here and there by minor incidents, warmed by new ideas
that may smolder for decades. In many different places, at
times, the kindling is laid for the real conflagration--the one that
consume the old landmarks and alter the landscape forever.
Let us turn to our own
childhoods--no further--if we will renew
our sense of remoteness, and of the mystery of change.
At some point in
your life you will decide you want to change something,
whether it is to quit smoking (which you should never have started), or
drinking, or quit overeating, or whatever. However, saying,
"I want to
change" isn't enough to actually change. Yes, it's the
beginning of the
process, but it will stop there if you don't go to the next step.
The next step is to burn your bridges. Make it
impossible to go back to
the old habit or way of being. This may mean creating an
scenario if you fail. In other words, if you say you will lose 25
by the end of the season or donate your car to a person or cause you
like, you have leveraged yourself for success.
The lesson here is that you can motivate yourself for
change with a decision
and with the leverage to succeed. Create a win-win for yourself,
that you cannot fail, because your bridges have been burned.
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The more rapid the rate of change, the more
dangerous it is to live
mechanically, relying on routines of belief and behavior
that might be irrelevant or obsolete.
For the greater part of human activity is designed to make permanent
those experiences and joys which are only lovable because they are
changing. Music is a delight because of its rhythm and flow. Yet the
moment you arrest the flow and prolong a note or chord beyond its
time, the rhythm is destroyed. Because life is likewise a flowing process,
change and death are its necessary parts. To work for their
exclusion is to work against life.
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The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge
into it, move with it, and join the dance.