It’s never easy to change. I read an article this week about things you can do with change even when you’re faced with those who don’t want change and you want things to change. One of the points raised was to change yourself even when others don’t want to change. It’s not easy to be the first one to take the plunge into something different or new, but sometimes that’s exactly what it takes to get what you really want. But someone has to take the first step, and even if you can’t change the whole world to treat others better, solve the water or food problem or create world peace, you do have a ton of influence over your own life and choices.
Which brings us to the real challenge of change: the change itself. It’s really hard to leave what worked, kind of works, we like, or our stubbornness behind. We rant about being the one who has to change and how unfair the world is and why we have to do everything. And while in some ways all of these are valid points, we haven’t accepted them as reality and opportunities instead of problems and annoyances, and we need to. This is what life is really about: gaining things and then giving them up as we grow. Sometimes it’s a no-holds-barred release, other times we’re just incorporating new aspects into what we already have. But the biggest challenge is of course learning to let go.
I don’t know if it really started with the depression or World Wars that we’re so hesitant to let go of what we gain, or if it’s just human nature, but it’s something we fight on a daily basis. When we’ve learned to truly let go and not put our heart soul and lives on the line for the things we’ve gained we’re free to do and have so much more with our lives. I encourage you to find time to be free this holiday season.
“Sometimes we don’t find the thing that will make us happy because we can’t give up the thing that was supposed to.” Robert Brault