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The Art of Change

I’d imagine we can all agree that change is inevitable. We see it all the time, right? Our bodies change, our families change, our work changes, technology changes, “the times” change. We live in a world of change and as such, it’s been the topic of many a person’s thoughts.

Charles Kettering said, “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” Ha, ha – so true, on both counts.

I also like what Gail Sheehy had to say about it. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” Right on sister! In my mind, to truly live is to experience as much as possible during our time here … and we can’t do that by staying the same.

While it may not always be easy, like Charles Kettering – I recognize the benefits of change and I am thankful for it. I’m thankful to not be living a drab life of the same thing day in and day out (that just made me think of the movie Joe vs. the Volcano, a favorite of my family when I was growing up and one in which escaping the drudgery and embracing change leads to wonderful things).

So, here’s the question that’s been rattling around my head:
If we know change is inevitable, why are we not better prepared for it?

I don’t know about you, but thus far I haven’t found an instruction manual that tells me how to best prepare for change. I don’t recall that being a class in school, although I’m confident my experiences in life were full of lessons. Which leads me back, as so often is the case, to find the answers I seek within. Though I haven’t fully cracked the case, I did find some helpful ideas. I’ve put together a simple worksheet to help you find your answers.

That’s right, no simple one and done solutions here today. Instead, I’m teaching you to fish. After all, there is no doubt in my mind you too have had your fair share of change and through such experiences, you also have the ability to elicit valuable lessons that can assist you in being prepared for the next round of changes in your life. (That said, there are some suggestions at the bottom of page one, so be sure to check it out.)

As for me, my recent feelings of lostness (watch out, I’m making up words now) have been replaced by feelings of purpose as I’ve shifted into being of service to others. I still don’t know what lies ahead, but I’m more comfortable in my skin. And now, with my own answers around how to be prepared for the inevitable change that is to come … well, let’s just say it’s a little easier to be patient as things unfold.

I’m going to leave you with two quotes that give me a sense of understanding and hope when it comes to change in my life. Maybe you’ll find them comforting as well.

All great changes are preceded by chaos.” ~Deepak Chopra

Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ~Marilyn Monroe


 

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The Art of Change by Sara Russell of Feel the Possibilities
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