No, I haven't suddenly changed into a Cowboy from the "Deep South of the US of A." But it was a little of an unexpected greeting? Was it not?
Change is as good as a holiday, or so they say, and if they do say, well I tend to believe them. Change is and CAN be as good as a holiday or a breathe of fresh air, or a change of bed sheets, or the first flower of spring, or . . . you get the picture right?
Well, today I am working towards a rather big change in my life . . . but a much needed one. MOVING HOUSE. I am off today to "view" a new flat, one that is a bit bigger then the one I am currently in, a little lighter, a little airier, a little more peaceful. (Don't get me wrong, I do like my little flat that I am in at the moment, but it is in the basement and it doesn't get sufficient light or air for me to feel just "right.")
I am excited about this change, very excited, and I truly hope that this new flat comes through - please keep your fingers crossed for me please!
But it really did get me thinking again about change, and the impact that this can have on a person. You see, change can be big and grand, or small and insignificant, it can be fantastic and positive, or sad and negative, it can be life changing, or it could barely pass as a blip on your life radar. Change, however, is inevitable, change happens everyday, nothing is truly static or stuck.
To deal with change (because let's face it, whether for good or bad, change can be plain scary!!), you have to accept the fact that you are human, just like the rest of us. To cling to things, "dig your toes," be stubborn and . . . well, be stubborn, is not a good thing . . . in fact, to fight change can be very detrimental to your well-being, both physically and mentally. Here are a few suggestions to help you embrace change:
1. Embrace change - go with the flow folks, open yourself up to possibility, change can lead to some pretty awesome stuff, so go with it openly and freely.
2. Be aware of change - being aware can give you a sense of power. When you are looking at life with eyes open you can be prepared for what's heading your way, there will still be surprises, but you'll be ready and waiting to take change on.
3. Be positive about change - don't just see the negative in change, instead choose to see the positive, cause trust me peeps, for every negative there is a whopping HUGE positive just a-waiting in the wings.
4. Set goals by change - Are your goals in life flexible? Are you prepared to reach your goal in unconventional ways? Cause change can knock your plans completely off track, but this doesn't mean you have to give up on your dreams. Goals should be flexible and be able to "bend in the wind." Change can definitely lead you to your goals in unexpected ways.
5. Love/Hate change - Feel that little emotion there? That little feeling that pops up at the mere mention of change? Take note of your feelings and take them in hand. Are you excited by change or scared, are you ambivalent or starry-eyed? Being aware of how you are feeling towards a situation can help you take back an element of control . . . control of your reaction to change.
Change, love it or hate it, it's inevitable peeps - how do you deal with change?
"Your Determination is Limitless"
- Elizabeth Wright