It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Chapter 7 Page 5, Book 16

In this world of change, nothing which comes stays, and nothing which goes is lost.

Anne Sophie Switching

JULY 5TH - Change is life. Life is change…

The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give. The joy of life is to love.

William Arthur Ward

Life is always moving forward, always changing. Make no mistake about it, change can be scary. It’s full of unknowns and uncertainty. But then again, so are all aspects of life. No matter how comfortable we get, nothing is guaranteed. At the end of the day, it all comes down to how we handle it. Our ability, or inability, to live in reality and deal with change can say a lot about us and our outlook on life.

 I think there are several kinds of changes that fill our lives. First, we change. From the moment we are born, and before, we are changing. Our minds grow and develop and we learn new skills. Our bodies grow and develop and age constantly.

The people around us also change. We watch our children grow; we worry about their ability to make their way in the world; then comes the time when we begin to see them as adults on their own. Our friends, so dear to us, come and go. The people we love so much change and grow and or shrink. They stay with us for a while and then sometimes they leave us. Or we leave them.

Society changes, culture changes. Nothing seems to stand still. All of this change constantly demands our response and it's tiring. It's overwhelming. No wonder we have difficulties coping with it.  There are so many complex feelings and behaviors associated with change. It is unsettling; it pulls us out of our haven of security and presents us with something different. It takes away our illusion that we can predict the future, it takes away our illusion of control. It means we lose that which we have known.

Coping with change often means taking a chance. Often it means finding ways to compensate for what we lose. Often it means letting go.

Change can also bring opportunities for growth, for learning, for happiness. Change per se is neither good nor bad; it's what we make of it. 

Change is life and life is to be celebrated !

Happy people roll with the punches. They know from experience that everything changes. Today's good fortune may vanish tomorrow, today's crisis may turn out to be tomorrow's good fortune.

Author Unknown


Carol Z said...

"The only thing constant is change." I just looked this up -- it's Heraclitus -- so this old dog learned something new. Keep cool and hope you had a fun Fourth!

betty said...

So true how things change over the course of our lives and as we interact with others around us. Change is necessary for life; oftentimes I resist change but it actually happens all around me all the time and the majority of it is good change.


jack69 said...

Even after a powerful Holiday, I sometimes fall back on memories. This morning as I read your words:
The people we love so much change and grow and or shrink. They stay with us for a while and then sometimes they leave us. end quote

I am thinking of my brothers who have passed, thinking yes 'sometimes they leave us'.
Thanks for adding words to bitter-sweet thoughts.


Sometimes change can be overwhelming. But it is a necessary evil.