Change, It’s the Way of Life
I just read an article titled, Change or Die! Now that may sound pretty radical, I agree. But the reality is that unless we change, we won’t grow, and eventual death is a certainty. Maybe not physical death, but we will begin to experience and sense different areas of our lives becoming stagnate, declining and heading in the wrong direction.
Have you ever bumped into someone you haven’t seen in a long time? Their hair looks the same, they sound the same and they are still talking about the same things you heard the last you saw them. It is almost as if time has stood still. The fact is that time hasn’t stood still; they have actually digressed and are now in decline. We are always moving forward or going backwards. There is no in between. As soon as you stand still, you have lost your place and are now further behind from where you started. Life is a marathon, not a race. You will reach the finish if you continue to run.
Look at the parallels between a river and a pond? For the pond, there is little or no movement, the water is stagnate, there is often an odor and there is usually bugs swarming just above the surface. Now there might be some fish, but there isn’t very much that is beautiful about a pond. Smelly, muddy, and stagnate.
a) to cease to run or flow, as water, air,
b) to be or become stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water
c) to stop developing, growing, progressing, or advancing
d) to be or become sluggish and dull
In the river, the water is moving. Yes it came from somewhere, but it is also going somewhere. There is life and the water is always taking on different shapes, sizes and forms. There is constant movement. Often rivers are used to generate power from within the structure of a dam. If the river is powerful enough, it can change the landscape, culture and bring life to all it comes in contact with.
Our lives are very similar. We are either moving, changing, growing and generating life, or we have become stagnate, still and sluggish and dull.
“It is possible to change and not grow, but it is impossible to grow without change.’
There is so much more to life that we could and should be experiencing, but we can’t and never will because of our unwillingness to change. Change is not a “dirty” word. Change can be and should be a part of our everyday life.
We need to be daily evaluating all areas of our life.
1) Start small. (Don’t change too much too fast. I had a friend who tried to quit smoking, quit his obsessive drinking and lose weight all at the same time. You guessed it, he failed at all three. Start small, one change at a time.)
2) Let go of your past in order to embrace your future. (Most of your yesterday cannot be brought into your tomorrow.)
3) Allow yourself to make mistakes. (Not every change is going to work for you. Not every change is going to help you grow. But keep changing, keep growing and keep moving forward.)
Get out of the pond and into the river. If you change you will grow!
Living Life on Purpose!