Everything is in a constant state of movement. Inanimate objects aren’t really inanimate. Even the walls around you are moving. They are just vibrating at such a rapid speed they appear to be solid. Nothing stays the same.
And fear of change is not going to do you any good. It only holds you back from “possibility.” Think about that for a second…if you are concentrating on your fear of change, and hoping everything stays as it is (your job, your marriage, your children, your finances), how can you be a joyful part of the transformation to a higher state of existence?
You can’t. Change is like surfing. You can’t just paddle into life, stand still and expect to stay on top of your board. The waves of change will knock you off and drag you under. You have to shift on your surfboard, bend your knees and balance yourself, depending on which way the waves take you. Some people even think changes are fun!
I’d like to offer an exercise to complete in the week ahead. Can you identify the changes going on in your life right now? Are you stressing out about them as you read this? Do you feel as if everything is out of your control?
Control is an illusion. You have no control over anything…but yourself. You can control how you respond to changes in your life. Once you realize this, life will become much easier. Here’s an exercise to try with every change you have in your life.
1. Take out a journal or notebook. Then write down the change you have identified in your life. For example: Change: “They are restructuring my company. There may be layoffs.”
2. Next, acknowledge the change: “This is a change taking place right now. This is a situation I have no control over.”
3. Now, acknowledge what you do have control over: “I have complete control over my reaction to this change. If I stay with the company, I will continue to enjoy my job and do the best I can do every day. If I am let go, I know this is a transformation to a higher state in my life. I will be creating a career vacuum that will be filled by an even better position with more possibilities than I could ever imagine.”
4. Do this exercise for each change taking place in your life today. Everything happens for a reason. You may not see it now, but it will be presented to you when the time is right.
God wants to talk to each of us; we merely need to start the conversation in prayer or meditation and patiently listen. – -Mark Victor Hansen