Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.-Serenity Prayer
There is a saying here in Canada, “one thing you can be sure of is death and taxes,” but I think change should also be a part of this humorous and thought-provoking quote. We change from the moment we are born or should I say conceived. Cells multiplying and dividing, adding and subtracting. Day in and day out, twenty-four seven for our entire lifetime. Change is the constant in our lives, yet, we sometimes resist the inevitable.
Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale
Let’s be honest. Change scares most of us. We like to keep things the same. Constant. Knowing. How many times have I heard the phrase, ” If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Hum! Can you imagine still using a dial telephone in today’s world! Scientists know the universe is expanding. Globally we are aware the polar ice caps are melting resulting in climate change. Across the world people and communities are speaking out about change regarding human rights for everything from education to punishment and abuse, just and fair treatment for all and truth and reconciliation. The time for change has arrived in that we demand honesty and transparency in our transactions with others. All because of change, changing morals, values, ethics and ideals. A knowing deep within our souls that change is happening for ourselves and others.
In this last generation, within our families, there has also been marked change. The world has become a small place where many of our children travel or reside in different parts of the country and world. This generation has become global trend setters. Many families visiting and communicating with their loved ones through social media sites like Skype or Facetime. Technology advancement has evolved most significantly in this generation. The changes have been rapid and swift. We have moved beyond Pluto in our exploration of the Universe, a truly remarkable feat for humankind. I hope I live long enough to own and navigate my own flying car as that has been a lifelong dream of mine since my early days of watching Star Trek and Star Wars movies. I think Luke Skywalker flying through the forest with the Ewoks did it for me. I wholeheartedly admit, I am a Sci-Fi fan, one aspect of myself that has not changed over the years. Thank goodness sci-fi has changed, due in part to the Big Bang Theory, TV show and science.
Change. With every new generation there are positive and negative outcomes. Things lost, things gained. But, in order to thrive and survive on this planet we must make peace with change. Just like death and taxes, we realize they are necessary components to life. Education is power and so the challenge becomes that if you fear change in any aspects of your life, education is the key. Perhaps your fear will ease a bit and start to become wonder, new ways of thinking and doing. New ways of discussing and processing. New ways of accepting what is and honoring what was. New ways of moving within yourself, your families and communities. New songs for your soul to sing. It just takes a little practice to learn the notes and shedding your fear to let your song be heard.
According to Erica Valese who writes for the Daily Post, “as human beings questions are the foundation of how we change. Asking questions directly and responding with intention and honesty makes all the difference.” How do you cope and manage change in your life? Does fear keep you frozen in your tracks or do you embrace change with passion, acceptance, and adventure? Change. Serenity. Courage. Wisdom. Recognize the difference. Dare to go boldly where no (man) one has gone before! (thanks Gene Roddenberry!) Dare to ask the questions.
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. – Rainer Maria Rilke