“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” ~Karen Kaiser Clark
I think for those of us “older” folks embracing change, (whatever that may be) is a challenging task. We are deeply rooted in our habits, down to ways of thinking.
When something comes along pulling us out of that comfortable world….we either fight or flight.
All my life I’ve had to deal with shifts in thoughts, action, and feelings stemming from a dramatic circumstance. Sometimes life moves faster than what we are willing to accept.
Whether it be a new job, a new relationship, illness, anything which shakes us to the core creates a static resistance.
In accepting change we can grow, but only if we are receptive. Perhaps past griefs and mistakes make us hesitant to move forward because we place so much emphasis on the past.
When we deny change (especially if it could be positive) has its costs. It can cost us our peace of mind and ultimately our health.
Whatever the catalyst was to create internal dissension has to be reexamine. Living life this way is simply miserable. Sometimes it’s therapeutic to write things down, the positive and negative points of what changes are about to happen and those you are currently going through. Check to see what you can live with and what parts of your life need removal. Sounds simple in theory but acting upon it…well…that’s the kicker. Sometimes we tend to stick with things we know, even if it’s bad for us because it is “the familiar.” The question you have to ask yourself is this: What can I live with?
Yes, it’s that simple:
“There are things I can’t force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.” ~ Denis Diderot