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 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.