November 18

Today's quotation:

It is, of course, a trite observation to say that
we live "in a period of transition."  Many people have
said this at many times.  Adam may well have made
the remark to Eve on leaving the Garden of Eden.

Harold MacMillan

Today's Meditation:

Sometimes it's kind of funny to see how quickly we adopt a certain catch phrase or buzz word.  We use the words without seriously considering their truth or applicability; since so many other people are using them, they must be appropriate, right?

I think Harold's point here is important.  We're all living "in a period of transition," all the time.  Even if our jobs are somewhat stable right now, our spiritual life may be going through many changes.  Or perhaps we're dealing with emotional change, or developing better relationship skills or dealing with the death of someone close.  No matter what things look like from the outside, we can be sure that we're always going through transition--after all, change is life, isn't it?  And life is change.

Likewise, society is constantly experiencing transitions--in attitudes, in what's acceptable and what's not, in political and social trends.  So in addition to our own personal transitions, we're also experiencing change on a broader scale.

It's our awareness of these many changes that will make them valuable to us.

So yes, we're living in a period of transition.  The question is, what will you get from it?  How will you learn from the transitions to enrich your own life and the lives of those around you?  What can you do to make these transitions as valuable as you can to as many people as you can?  And how can you ensure that the changes won't overwhelm you as you move on with your life?

Questions to consider:

What kinds of transitions are you going through at this very moment?

Why is it sometimes difficult to recognize transitions in our lives and societies?

How can you help others to deal with transitions in their lives?

For further thought:

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life.
The only completely consistent people are the dead.

Aldous Huxley

  

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