THE CHOICE OF CHANGE
|The call to change is an inevitable part of our growth. If we refuse the call, then we will continue to experience the same reality over and over again.
Have you ever had the inner realisation that something in your life just isn’t working? Sometimes it arrives as a sudden realisation or a nagging feeling of doubt. I know mine shows up as looking at someone else and wishing my life could be like there’s. Right there is the little voice saying, ‘time to change.’
The first step to changing is to recognise this inner whisper. You need to take some time to be still and listen to what it is saying. Now you know, you have different choices you can make. Some of you might want to act too quickly and make sudden sweeping changes before you fully understand what the problem is. Some of you might just ignore the call, fearing that change will mean something awful might happen to you. You know the old cliché, “better the devil you know.”
Between these two extremes lies a middle way that can help you move powerfully and gracefully to change what isn’t working in your life. The first step is to look at the interconnected patterns in your life. Like a jigsaw puzzle, they all fit together. Sometimes you can make one small change only to find it has a profound effect on the bigger changes. Here’s an example. Let’s say you want to lose weight. You decide that instead of making a radical shift, you can choose to wake up at 7am and do some meditation and exercise. During this lockdown phase there are so many free online classes you can take. This one small step may result in you feeling better about your body and getting back in touch with it. Then your next step might be to throw out all the junk food and choose healthy meals. Get my drift?
Sometimes much bigger changes are needed, but the only way to know for sure is to take time to really understand the problem. Look at your life in its entirety and then decide what specifically isn’t working and then write it down on a piece of paper and start to brainstorm some ideas.
The key to making changes that work is to accept change as part of life. As you change, we may find it necessary to fine-tune our relationships, work, and living situations. Our lives are living, breathing entities that reflect our dynamic selves.