When you think of change, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Change of seasons?
Change of tactics?
Change of scenery?
Change of pace?
Change the channel?
Change your mind?
Change a tire?
Change a diaper?
Change your clothes?
Change your attitude?
The correct change?
Change for the better?
Change is as good as a holiday?
Change is what you need?
Change can kick-start a whole new outlook?
“People are always telling you that change is a good thing. But all they’re really saying is that something you didn’t want to happen at all, has happened.”
Meg Ryan, You’ve Got Mail
True or False: Do you think change is for the better?
I have always said that I love spontaneity – but only if it’s my idea.
Do I feel the same way about change?
If you believe as I do, that everything happens for a reason, then I guess you could conclude that change is a good thing. Or is it?
Perhaps change is simply inevitable.
There are many inevitable things:
Life = good
Aging = good for a while
Death = not so good
So then is change something that is out of our control?
Some changes we purposely create, for better or worse (I’ll let you categorise them for yourself):
Moves – to new jobs, houses, cities, countries
Face-lifts, nose-jobs, tummy tucks, tattoos
New hair-styles or colour, clothes, shoes
Live together, split up, marriage, divorce
What is positive change for one person could be devastating for another depending on their life circumstances and how much control they had over the change.
Some changes we have collectively and inadvertently created:
Extinction of species
As humans, we are not perfect and we make mistakes.
What we haven’t learned yet is how to learn from our mistakes.
Some changes we refuse to make, or make quickly enough:
End to world hunger
End to wars and civil unrest
End to poisoning our air, soil and water
They seem simple enough to change when you see them in black and white, especially when you realise that all three boil down to one thing – greed.
Do we categorize good change as that which we can affect and bad change as that which is out of our control?
Whether on purpose or not, good or bad, some change is inevitable. Some might even call it fate.
But where we have control over change for the better, particularly where the health of ourselves and our planet is concerned, why wouldn’t we act to bring about change – now?
How about this for a change: let’s change our tune.
Let’s change our reaction – or non-action – into making a difference before inevitable becomes irreversible.
Change your perspective.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mother Theresa.