Betty pointed out how many things had happened in the last year to throw her off her “plans.” With death, resulting home purchase and extensive remodeling, and many other things in play, she said she didn’t have a chance at maintaining her equilibrium as it was in years past.
Betty said that she had these ideas about how things were supposed to be, but all of these unexpected changes had really thrown her off her usual mojo. The thing I enjoyed the most about her perspective is that she was praising how much better she felt when she let go of her old ways of thinking and embraced the changes that were happening. She was actually joyful.
Why do we cling to old notions of expectation? Why do we deny ourselves potential abundance in deference to “the devil that we know?” We do it, because we fear what we do not know. We do it, because change represents uncertainty, and that scares the hell out of us.
Whether it’s a new job, or a new relationship, or a different hairstyle, or even a new arrangement for our furniture, we resist change, because we can bank on what we have, and we may not be able to bank on change.
Here are a few ideas I’ve had rolling around in my head that relate to change and the abundance we stand to experience when we embrace it:
- Change is inevitable, and we are powerless to stop it.
- Resisting change is an exercise in futility, and we spend far more energy resisting it than we would if we embraced it.
- Embracing change is surrendering to potential adventure, and adventures are exciting.
- Acknowledging change is empowering and opens us up to potential for great joy.
- Becoming part of the change gives us a vocabulary within the change and lessens our fear.
- Driving change can be a lot of work, and it can be infinitely rewarding.
- Becoming a change motivator means becoming a leader, and people admire strong leaders (and follow them readily).
Ultimately, our lives are changing constantly, and we can fight that or ride the change wave. Be open to the changes you see around you and invite the opportunities that change brings.
We are meant to change and evolve. While the changes aren’t always within our power to choose, we definitely have the power to choose how we are affected by change. See the opportunities instead of lamenting the familiarity of your comfort zones. There is a lot of good stuff in store for you if you trust, surrender, and take action.
It’s a big world. Be a part of it! Tomorrow Begins Today.