“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” Lao Tsu
Now the clocks have gone back and it’s officially autumn. So it’s been a week of adjustment to early evenings, and a reminder of the ever-changing cycle of the seasons. How easy do you find this change? Do you wish it could be summer forever or does the thought of winter ahead excite you? Our initial response to this week’s change could tell a lot about how we roll with the fluctuations that life inevitably throws up.
As Lao Tzu’s powerful quote shows, when we resist change then we go down the road of holding on to the past, feeling hurt and wishing things could be different. We feel powerless and we blame other people or situations for what seems to be going wrong. Then we are well and truly stuck; we have stopped learning and depression is not far away.
Our experience of working with thousands of people has shown us the power of the mind when we want to change. Amazing transformations in peoples’ lives happen when they forgive, or move forward in some way. We also know how intransigent and unwilling many of us are when it comes to fundamental change. Even when the direction is so obviously painful, conflicted or stressful, we can dig our heels in and refuse to surrender.
What we all seem to lack is any significant amount of trust, trust in the process and unfolding of life, trust that if we choose to change things will actually get better. Trust is what makes change easy, and when we welcome it then life becomes exciting again.
Change can start in a small manner, it doesn’t have to be earth-shattering. Must be time for a little excitement so maybe today is the day you do something that you have done thousands of times in a very different way!