Embracing Change

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.

Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher

Change is inevitable in our dynamic lives. Change has helped to shape who I am today, and I’ve always encouraged and embraced it. It keeps life interesting and fluid. That being said, some people do better with change than others. So here’s a few things I’ve learned along the way that might help you bring forth and deal with change:

Be the Commander of your Own Change

You are in the driver’s seat

  • Never stop learning. Get a degree. School is not your thing? Read a book. Watch a documentary. Do a puzzle. Learn a new language. Challenge your brain.
  • Enrich your lifestyle. Turn your job into a career or get a new one! Don’t just go for the paycheck, but look for something that is personally fulfilling. Work-volunteer-stay home, it your choice. Follow your passion.
  • Alter your perspective. Write a song. Paint a picture. Cook a meal. Nurture a houseplant. Grow a garden. Refinish a piece of furniture. Join a group. Take a yoga class. Meditate. Start a blog. Do something different!
  • Change your surroundings. Move to another state or country. I lived in Japan for three years – loved it! Too much? Take a vacation. Go for a walk in nature.
  • Make a new friend. Get rid of fake friends. They are the ones you spend all your time on and they don’t reciprocate. Get a dog.
  • Make a plan. If plan A doesn’t work, have a backup plan.

The point is to get out there and change your life in a way that is best for you. Jump out of your comfort zone once in a while. The options are vast.

Catastrophic Changes

We can only control so much in our lives, and you will occasionally be blindsided by life-altering changes. I won’t be discussing catastrophic changes here. I will leave that to the professionals. All I can say is make sure you have a couple of people in your life who can offer support. I am forever grateful to my husband and daughter, who are my 💯 percent support people!

Here’s an article from Psychology Today written by Stephanie A. Sarkis, Ph.D called Ten Ways to Cope With Big Changes

Decisions, Decisions!

If you decide to embark upon a change, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Go through a decision process; write down your pros and cons.

  • Will you be happier?
  • Does this impact anyone else?
  • Are you making this change to solve problems or run from them?
  • Is this temporary or permanent?

Final Thoughts

The single most significant change I ever decided to make was leaving everything behind at the age 20 to enlist in the U.S. Navy. It was the stepping block that led to everything wonderful in my life.

What have been the biggest changes in your lives?

Feel free to reblog anything I post. I welcome all comments and discussion

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