Change is a natural part of life. We celebrate the change of seasons, as they remind us there are times for planning and planting, times for growth, times for reaping the results of what we sow, and times for watching things wither. Change will happen; what we do with it makes all the difference.
Change creates stress. A small amount of stress is good for us, making us think faster and be physically ready for whatever happens. Lots of stress, day after day, wears us down, causing us to have mental, emotional, and physical problems, which creates more stress.
How can we make the best of Change? There is no one-size-fits-all answer, but here are some ideas – try them, and use what works for you:
Control the parts of the change you can. Lost your job? Look for a new one. Go to the Work Force Center and learn what is out there. Take training classes. Volunteer in an area that interests you – the contacts you make may lead to a job.
Many people distract their minds by cleaning. Clean out your truck, your shop, clean house, clean out closets, whatever. By cleaning, you leave room for good things to come in.
Do things that matter to you – don’t wait for life to settle down or change, because life IS everything we are experiencing RIGHT NOW. Do the things important to you.
Create a ritual. No matter what your spiritual belief, a ritual helps you focus your intention for a good outcome. Light a candle or sit out in Nature. Write down what you want to happen. Meditate on it and/or pray; see the thing happening. Then burn the paper and release the request to Creator.
Some people thrive on change, saying it keeps their life interesting. But if you find yourself always seeking change, stop and ask why. Is there something you are trying to escape? You
Change will always be a part of life, but if we learn to work with it, rather than let it run rough-shod over us, we will be healthier and happier.
Shvm dee-svk (it’s all good).
Submitted by Judith Burke, Social Worker