“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” Nathaniel Branden
There is nothing permanent except change. Heraclitus
Change is the end result of all true learning. Leo Buscaglia
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw
Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable. William Pollard
Delta = Change or difference: Everything around us is in constant motion, and with that comes change; steady, inevitable change. We can embrace it or fight it but, it presses on. Sometimes, change is stark and harsh, destroying everything in its path. At other times, it is subtle and gentle, nudging the process forward like the maturing of fine wine. Even when we think we can slow it down or speed it up, it has its own innate intelligence; a certain knowing that the time is ripe for X. We live in a youth worshiping culture where the young want to grow up fast and the old wish to turn back the clock with surgical and faddish procedures. But like Tempus, Delta demands to take precedence over all else. It is the same with the weather; somewhat unpredictable, changing at will as we tag along with instruments at hand and hope in our hearts. How is change manifesting in your life?
“Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.” Walt Disney
Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. Stephen Covey
Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. Eckhart Tolle
What scares you about Change? When we come to terms with our power to choose our attitude, we can begin the process of getting on with living our lives, even in the midst of changes we abhor or accept. There’s a popular saying that “change is good” but is it really? If you asked a wizened Sage, you might hear “Neti, neti” – meaning neither this nor that. If you examine your life, you might add that Change A was great while Change X was a nightmare. In the middle of it all are the lessons learned, the teachings passed on and the acceptance it was neither good nor bad… it just is.
Change is just following the natural progression of life and whether we like it or not, it continues its march… Enjoy the shifting winds and seasons and let go of the need to control outcomes. As the photos above show, I walk by the Hudson River quite often and at different times of the day. Every time I walk by it, I ask myself: What has changed today? What looks different? I take my smartphone, load the camera, and capture a new experience in a familiar space. That is a Delta moment and there will be many more. Even though the river looks the same, there is much that changes above and below…
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: DELTA — For this week’s photo challenge, share a picture that symbolizes transitions, change, and the passing of time. This week, share a photograph that signifies transitions and change to you. It can be the very beginning of a phase, or the very end. As you pick up your lens, explore the ways in which a single photograph can express time, while only showing us a small portion of any given moment.
Positive Motivation Tip: Change is inevitable, embrace it.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection