While I worked out at the gym yesterday, a woman and I talked about change. She’d seen a bumper sticker that read, Hope and Change: I’ll take the hope, you keep the change. That made me laugh, and I needed to laugh.
A recent change for me was the loss of my beautiful, elderly Akita dog, Nikki. She was put to rest last Thursday. She loved me unconditionally and thought her job was to soften some of my harder edges, and she taught me more about love than any human ever has. I’m a dinosaur, a homebody, a loner who would rather stay at home with her dog as her sole company and often used the dog as an excuse to decline invitations. I’m now being forced to reach out and engage with others. It’s all good, I’m just out of practice.
Change is often hard to accept, yet when we embrace it, new insights and adventures can bloom. I think the key to being happy in life is to keep learning and growing and changing with the times. To grow, we learn, and in learning we teach, in teaching we lead, and in leading we make mistakes. Making mistakes reminds us that we’re human. When we learn from our mistakes and embrace new things we cause forward movement, and when we work to change things in ourselves then that will cause things around us to change. I like that last part of the sentence, and I’m almost certain it came from Dr. Wayne Dyer (I read a ton of information about change and personal transformation, so I can’t be positive) but let’s give it to him.
Truthfully, I think we’re a lot like snakes. Not all slimy and slithery, with fangs that can poison, but in respect to their skin. We need to shed our skin every once in a while, just like the snake does, and leave that old crusty thing by the side of the road so we can move on to embrace the new. We must make changes to prevent ourselves from falling into resignation, or doom and gloom. Life in the same dry old snake skin can prevent movement, and it lacks in luster. We want to show all of the shiny colors of our skin.
Today I venture into another change. My new website and blog have gone live. I have a new shiny skin. Yay! Now if I can just figure out what all of the little widgets mean then I might actually have a post. So what about you? How do you accept change? Do you withdraw, battle through, or learn all there is to know and proceed with caution?