Challenges Change Everything
Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.
– Eckhart Tolle
In 1885 the first practical auto was driven down the road. The horse and buggy industry didn’t take notice. They felt that this new fangled invention was just a temporary fad. A few years later this industry discovered they were wrong, as the auto took over the roadways and became the common mode of transportation. In March of 2009 Uber was founded and it is doing the same thing to the taxi industry. In a few years the same thing will happen with the long haul trucking industry as driver-less trucks will become the norm. One of the constants in our world is change. If you aren’t paying attention your industry could be impacted, and you might no longer have an occupation.
You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.
Just like these examples, most industries that we know and recognize in a certain way today, will at some point in our future totally change. Most will be caught unaware when it happens. In our personal lives, the same thing is true. Everyday in some way, you are a new person. In the past 24 hours you have probably learned something new. You have probably changed your mind about something. You realized, due to getting more information, or looking at it in a new way, that maybe what you thought about it wasn’t 100% true. You outgrew a belief. You adopted a new belief. You released an old belief.
There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts, before this, and after this.
– N. Kazan
Change builds resilience in us. Resilience isn’t being numb to the changes. It means that even though the change you experience may have felt like you are a failure or hurt you in some way, that you keep going. It takes courage to let go of what can’t be changed. Sometimes this means that you have to learn a new job skill. Sometimes you have lost an arm, leg, went blind or deaf. It takes courage to find a new and different way to still be able to live the dreams you have for yourself.
You must face annihilation over and over again to find what is indestructible in yourself.
– Pema Chodron
When I was growing up, I realized through hard life lessons that my parents were not, and could not be the foundation of my world. When I married my husband, I thought that he would be the foundation of my world, and through a hard life lesson, I learned that this was also not true. Then I thought that God would be the foundation of my world, and discovered that this also was not true. I had to be the foundation of my world. Then on that foundation, I could build my spirituality, my family, my friends, my career, and everything else in my life. But I had to build them upon me, as a true foundation.
The reason this is true for me, is I had to accept responsibility for just me. I had to accept reality, and not try to push decisions or the results of those decisions on anyone else, including blaming God for what was happening. First it was me. I had to be the “hot coal”. If you have ever had to heat your home with wood or coal, then you know that if you bank the fire at night, it is easy to get going in the morning. This is because underneath the cold looking ashes, lies a hot coal. It is easy to get the fire going again with those hot coals. There is no way for me to be a perfect woman, but there are a million ways I have can be a good wife, mother, sister, aunt, niece, and friend.
Look around you. Everything changes. Everything on this earth is in a continuous state of evolving, refining, improving, adapting, enhancing . . . , changing. You were not put on this earth to remain stagnant.
– Dr. Steve Maraboli
We need to become like the hot coal, and not like the burning match. When the winds of change blow into our life, if we are the match we burn out quickly and die. But the winds of change blowing on the hot coals will cause you to burst into flames of light, and not burn out. What we believe defines us. What we tell ourselves about who we are, how we react to change, is a part of this definition of who we are. I loved this photo because it is the same tree, the same field. But each section presents a different season, time of day,
The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live.
– Norman Cousins
When we try to remain safe inside of the box, and resist change, we inhibit the natural growth that is supposed to happen in our life. We in essence become deformed, deep inside of ourselves. That is the real tragedy in life. We stop living and just keep existing.
All you can change is yourself, but sometimes that changes everything
– Gary W. Goldstein