April 18

Today's quotation:

Those persons 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 is old; who rejoice in every innovation, and find a strange alert pleasure in all that is, and that has never been before.

Agnes Repplier

Today's Meditation:

Some of us seem to want life to stay the way it is.  After all, it took us forever to get to a point at which we understand it a bit and are able to cope with it well.  But while life may let us get away with this attitude for a while, it's eventually going to do what it wants and turn things topsy-turvy for us.  At that point, we're either ready for change, or we're not.  And if we're not, we face the very real possibility that those changes are going to harm us much, much more than they would if we're used to change, if we embrace change and love it for what it is.

Change has been a huge part of my life since day one.  Growing up in a military family, we experienced moving to new places every couple of years.  We kids changed schools eight times through high school, and we constantly had to start over in new places, meeting new people and saying good-bye to friends.  While some aspects of this were negative, of course, my experiences also made me very resilient and even welcoming of change, because I know that with new starts come new learning experiences and new ways of looking at the world.

I love change because change reminds me that I'm still alive, and that I still have a lot to learn.  I like deciding to make changes in myself, also, and I'm very aware of times when I seem to be falling into ruts because I don't want to do that.  During times when I'm not changing, I'm not growing and learning, either.  I'm not expanding my limits, and I'm not testing my boundaries.  I try to invite change and make it feel welcome in my life, even when it's kind of scary.  Many people won't change jobs if there isn't more money involved--I'll change jobs to find more satisfaction or challenges, money be damned.

We do have to be careful of the changes we seek and welcome--change simply for the sake of change can be very harmful.  I'm not going to go find a new wife simply for something different, and I'm not going to move to a place where I know I won't be happy (high humidity makes me miserable, for example) just to move there.  But all in all, if tomorrow asks me for something different than today is asking me for, I hope to be able to meet its request, growing and learning and becoming in the process.

Questions to consider:

Why is "change" such a dirty word for so many people?  Why do so many people focus on the loss involved in change rather than the gains?

What kinds of results are different for the person who embraces change than for the person who fears change?

How might we come to love and respect change?
For further thought:

Change is the end result of all true learning.  Change involves three things:  First, a dissatisfaction with self--a felt void or need; second, a decision to change--to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change--the willful act of making the change; Doing Something.

Leo Buscaglia

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