If I had money for every client I have worked with who has said “I don’t like change.” I would be extremely wealthy. As humans, we crave ritual and consistency. There is comfort in the routine. A change in the routine brings about discomfort. A change takes away normalcy.
Today, my husband is moving to a new branch into a new position. The work will not be completely new as he has been in the banking industry for well over 10 years. He has been at his current bank for almost a year. This is a great move in many ways. He will be 10 minutes from home and with a new challenging position. Nonetheless, things will be different. There is some unknown. The ritual of what was norm is no longer. He acknowledged there is some apprehension.
Just as a small rock on a calm pond disrupts the complete body of water, a small change in life can disrupt what was once complete balance. We often focus so much on the discomfort of change that we do not acknowledge the necessity and power of these times of transition.
Although we may not acknowledge it, with the passing of each day we are changing. We are evolving.
Personally, I understand the uncertainty when life is turned upside down. Professionally, I have focused my career upon helping others through changes and transitions in life. Although I am not one to say “I LOVE change”, I have learned to appreciate it. At times I may have even embraced it.
Perhaps you are going through your own transitions and changes in life. It could be positive transitions of the start of a new job, moving to a new home or birth of a new baby. Sadly, it could be a stressful transitions of the loss of a job or marriage, death of a loved one or a change in your health.
Learning to live during the transition times can be difficult. Suddenly what used to work, no longer applies. There is a struggle in finding some type of calm and balance. Life is in flux. This is when it is important to acknowledge what you do have. Take inventory of what is in your life and what you may need to find some type of equilibrium.
What we are guaranteed, regardless of what event we are encountering – be it positive, stressful or negative – is the moment will not last forever. There will be an end to the event and stressor. The passing of time equates a transition to another moment and to a new stage in our life. We may find ourselves in a place we never imagined but sometimes the journey takes us to where we need to be. As a result, the view may be better than we could have expected.
If only we could each realize that each day is a transition. We move closer to goals of graduation, new jobs and life ambitions. We would not be happy if there were no changes in life.
Today I ask you to examine where you are at in your life. Are you facing transitions and changes that you created or have transitions and changes been forced upon you by powers outside of your control?
Attempt to acknowledge the opportunity that is before you. A transition is a time when you do not and often can not do what you used to do. Many times this is an excellent opportunity to reevaluate how things truly are.Take this time to realize the past may not have been as wonderful as you thought. (We often romanticize how great things were when the reality is they were not.)
Yes, I know change can be scary. However, trust that you have the ability to work through the discomfort and find a new balance and norm.
Today I am grateful and thankful that life is full of transitions and change and am linking up with Emily for Grateful Heart Monday. I am thankful for the continuous ability to grow and the opportunities which these moments provide me. I am thankful that each of us is promised tomorrow will be different than today.
Do you embrace or run from the transitions and change in life?