Change requires energy. Change requires discipline and resilience and fortitude. And change requires letting go of what is and reaching for what could be.
Nature knows about change. Season change requires a passing of the old before the new appears -- think of summer and its leafy trees passing into autumn and the bright foliage to winter where all is bare and covered with snow. Or as this quote points out:
It seems necessary to completely shed the
old skin before the new, brighter, stronger,
more beautiful one can emerge. . . . I never
thought I'd be getting a life lesson from a snake. --Julie Ridge
What do you need to shed before you can succeed at change? Of course, if you notice a snake sheds a skin, but underneath is a brighter, newer copy of the same. Is 'shedding' a skin enough change or do we need to recreate the pattern and texture of our lives? It is a good time to look at:
- Time wasters
Since we live in a changing universe, why do peopleRivers curve around to find the easiest course. Why do we always try to plow ahead regardless of easier ways to get where we're going? Maybe 2009 can be the year that we find our way around our problems and forge a new path to our goals, success, and a happier life.
oppose change? If a rock is in the way, the root of a tree
will change its direction. The dumbest animals try to adapt
themselves to changed conditions. Even a rat will change
its tactics to get a piece of cheese. --Melvin B. Tolson
Are there some specifics to be achieved in 2009?
- Travel more?
- Learn more?
- Love more?
- Care more?
- Smile more?
- Do more for others?
- Share more?
- Give more?
- Meditate more?
- Eat oatmeal for breakfast instead of a pastry.
- Take a walk around the block before sitting down to watch television
- Write a letter to someone you have neglected
- Clean out one drawer -- and throw something away!
- Hug your Mom, your Dad, your daughter, your son, your spouse -- for no reason
- Smile at a stranger
- Adopt a charity to support
- Make a phone call to someone you've thought about recently
Remember that in this life we started out flat on our backs before we learned to crawl, and toddle and walk and then run.... Perhaps a few days flat on our back, seeing the sky -- stars and clouds -- and noticing the world around us, getting reacquainted with our environment. That's a good point at which to begin this journey.