“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin
Change Upon Change by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Five months ago the stream did flow,
The lilies bloomed within the sedge,
And we were lingering to and fro,
Where none will track thee in this snow,
Along the stream, beside the hedge.
Ah, Sweet, be free to love and go! Contd Below
Do you think people can change? Yes… be it simple or radical. Why change? Because we must; either willingly or by fiat. It is the natural progression of all life to undergo change. Whether we like it or not, change, like death, is inevitable. Just as the sun rises and sets with changing colors, such is the certainty of change. It is human nature to resist change even when we know the benefits because, as creatures of habit, most of us want to maintain the status quo. Our attitude might be: Why rock the boat when all seems to be working well? But change comes anyway. It comes when we least expect it, or on schedule in some shape or form; the I Ching offers 64 hexagrams on changing conditions … and change we must. How do you handle it? How have you handled the new WP default commenting system?
♥A Recent Change: WP has changed the comments notification system. Now when we leave a comment, before we hit submit, we must un-check the box below that says: Notify me of follow-up comments via email. If we forget, which I keep doing because we didn’t have to un-check that silly box in the past, there is a solution. We simply click on/go to Manage subscriptions found on every post that arrives in our mailbox, select Comments, check all the comments we wish to unfollow, click the small dialog box (Bulk Actions), select unfollow, then click apply and it deletes all of them. Bingo! It is a bit of a hassle and until we get used to the idea, many of us will have to use the above approach. It’s an example of change we must embrace by fiat. Cheers!
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living.” Gail Sheehy
For if I do not hear thy foot,
The frozen river is as mute,
The flowers have dried down to the root:
And why, since these be changed since May,
Shouldst thou change less than they. Contd below
When are we least open to change? Some might say we are least open when things are going great, but, fear is what often stands in the way and hinders our efforts to embrace change. When are we most open to change? When we believe the benefits outweigh the chance of loss. Or when we’ve exhausted all options and are willing to try a new approach or path. On both accounts, the fear factor is a dominant feature. The irony is that often we say, “I am open to change…” But, in reality, most of us are only open to change if we can control the terms and conditions. What would happen if we just accept the change? More below!
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw
And slow, slow as the winter snow
The tears have drifted to mine eyes;
And my poor cheeks, five months ago
Set blushing at thy praises so,
Put paleness on for a disguise.
Ah, Sweet, be free to praise and go!
For if my face is turned too pale,
It was thine oath that first did fail, –
It was thy love proved false and frail, –
And why, since these be changed enow,
Should I change less than thou. Via famouspoetsandpoems
When did we last make a conscious change? Who or what would we like to see change? Every day we make small, conscious changes to our plans and even our dreams. Sometimes, our effort to change is life shifting and huge. All are valuable because they help us grow. Six months ago, I made a conscious effort to change my lifestyle and improve my overall health. It has been a success but there are more areas of my life that need change so I add new goals to my bucket list. We all do. As for who or what, I’d like to see more equity in our world; the eradication of poverty and greed would be a good start. What about you?
What are your thoughts? Why change? When are we least open to change? When are we most open to change? When did you last make a conscious change? What impact did it have on your life? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Plinky: Do you think people can change?
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: As we learn to embrace change, it becomes our helper not our hinderer..