“The only thing that is constant is change.” -Heraclitus
Change is inevitable. We all know the question is not whether there will be change: there will be. Given this fact, three major questions arise:
Will I accept change or cling to the past?
The death of anything is painful. Or is it our unwillingness to accept that death that hurts? I think it’s normal and healthy to grieve, but I think we get left behind when we wish for past conditions that no longer exist. The pain is in the clinging. The relief is in accepting. Thankfully, when the seed of something new arrives, hope usually springs with it.
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” -“Closing Time” by Semisonic
Will I be a change agent or passively accept all changes as happening to me?
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Though change is certain, I don’t believe we have to be pebbles tossed around and smoothed over at the mercy of the ever-changing sea. We can be one of the waves. I’d rather be a wave, or even a ripple. Even being a ripple is scary, but just allowing the will of others to toss me around and completely determine my fate is far scarier.
Will I stagnate or act in the face of making a change?
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is the most challenging aspect of change for me. I’m pretty adept at rolling with change as it comes. I know I want to be a major agent of change, especially in my own life. However, sometimes that’s easier said than done. Sometimes I act too quickly. Sometimes I get stuck in fear and analysis. I’m still learning to find a healthy balance.
I face these challenging opportunities by thinking only of the big picture and my very next step. I trust that the following steps will unveil themselves along the way. I know that I’ll be more than okay as long as I allow my principles and intuition to guide me. My goals may change. My circumstances will undoubtedly change, but I trust myself enough to know that I can choose how to change with them.
What are your thoughts on the nature of change? I’d love to hear them.