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Change is an integral part of life. It is important to see the opportunities such change brings.
“Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix.”
I’ve been eagerly anticipating the beginning of spring this year. This past winter was very cold and full of snow in the northeast. But as the weather would have it we had an 8 inch snow storm yesterday. Just as the snow disappeared from the grass and you could see the budding daffodils Mother Nature decided to make a change and once again gave us that beautiful blanket of white.
“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
William James (1842 - 1910)
As I watch snow flake after snow flake fall to its inevitable decay thoughts about life and its fragility permeated my every thought. I think about how quickly life can change and how events that could never be forecast occur. Within a split second what appears to be the status quo can change into an unforeseen future. That snowflake falls like life into an unknown future against a backdrop of the assurance of the continuity of its existence in a universe of unknown possibilities.
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987), The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
As human beings we have opportunities to make many changes in our lives. We as living souls can affect that change while a snow flake must accept its fate. We can express our lives in many different ways and can use that life to create instead of the resigning ourselves to an inevitable future. What a gift the universe has given to us. We can create our future out of the changes we produce during our lives. We are not static beings but are multifaceted souls with unlimited opportunities and abilities to create each moment of our lives.
“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations
Today is a new day created in ways we will never fully understand. But our tomorrows are understood in the manner in which we create our lives. We are the only species that can change our tomorrow by actively creating change in today. Think of what you can do with that simple fact. Think of what positive effects you can have on your future. Think.
“Things do not change; we change.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), Walden (1970)
As we change our attitudes and our influence our world changes before us. As we grasp the significance of each step along the way our world changes as a reflection of this wonder. Our world is not a static world but a dynamic world that is created, influenced, and changed by the active workings of our lives. It is those who become the active seekers who create the most changes in their life.
“We must become the change we want to see.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
It is up to each of us to create change in order for us to see it become a reality. Every opportunity we have to influence the direction and meaning of our life is an important phase in the continuity of our universe. We do not live in a vacuum but live in an ever present fluid exciting and dynamic energy soup that encompasses our mutual interactions. A small change by one aspect of this energy soup can create enormous repercussions.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has!”
Commit yourself to the wonder of change and see that in doing so you will affect not only your life but the lives of all. Seize the opportunities that life presents to you to give your influence to the overall picture you see before you. Know that in your life’s way you can cause enormous change even if you do not see it before you. Change has a way of becoming the catalyst of creation. Seize it each and every opportunity you are given and you will have done much to reflect your love into the universal soup we call life.
“We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.”
Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993), The Medusa and the Snail (1979)
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|Reviewed by Stephanie Sawyer
|This is a refreshing and life giving article. It is one that pulls forward and invigorates.
As a reader and colleague going through at least four traumatic life changes at the same time, I feel highly inspired having read this. The 'change' in my thought processes because of this reading is incredible.
Thank you for sharing it. As has been stated before, and cannot be stated enough: "Better to look forward than to look backward."
Again, many thanks, Stephanie S. Sawyer
Dr. Ronald D. Bissell