Welcome to life—where the only antidote for stagnation is change—where the only prospect for difference is in letting go of sameness.
It is also where the only possibility for personal growth is in facing down the unknown stretching out before you.
Change is being constantly in motion. That’s just how it is—from birth to death and beyond—we are continually evolving in awareness and understanding; and more importantly, we are changing some aspect of what we do, how we think, and where we look for answers to our life’s questions.
With springtime in the northern hemisphere as a major harbinger of change, let’s consider why change is so important to us individually.
- Avoiding stagnation:
Who wants to be a stagnant pool where drain water collects little other than mosquito larvae? Isn’t it better to allow for water flow and ample clearance of everything your little basin has been catching? The same holds true for our mental and emotional beings. Change allows us to clear out the old accumulated residues from our lives, and to refresh and reset ourselves for whatever challenge might lie ahead of us.
- Providing growth incentive:
“Growth” is one of those obscure terms that implies a positive outcome, but it usually comes at the cost of surmounting some degree of difficulty along the way. In truth, if every aspect of our lives played out day by day exactly as they always have in the past, then we would cease to be amazed at not only the newness and freshness that each day provides us, but also at our own abilities to utilize our inner resources in pushing past a minor inconvenience in our path, or our ability to continually plow through life’s major challenges whenever they arise.
- Testing our metal:
Life is a testing ground—no doubt about it. How would you know what you are capable of achieving if you never had the opportunity to pit yourself against a challenge? How strong is your will to survive a life-threatening situation? How resilient is your resolve to keep moving forward through the darkest night and the densest undergrowth pulling at your feet? How determined can you be to keep pushing onward when your strength is spent and your mind foggy—when sheer determination is the only thing standing between your success or your failure in this life?
What it really comes down to is how would you know any of those answers if you have never had the chance to experience an opportunity for change?
I think one of the greatest learning situations we will ever experience is where we meet others along our life’s path and while moving past them, we look into their eyes and surprisingly see ourselves in them.
That very situation is the CHANGE in viewpoint most conducive to realizing our group interconnectedness and our shared intentions.
I also believe that is the very CHANGE we are experiencing most right now on a global scale.
In essence, change is simply seeing the world through the same eyes but with a new perspective—a shared perspective.
While sameness may be the comfortable illusion that we might choose to believe, change is the reality we must learn to celebrate.
CHANGE—it’s what’s happening now.