WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT CHANGE
IS THAT IT'S A SYNONYM FOR 'HOPE'.
IF YOU ARE TAKING A RISK, WHAT YOU ARE REALLY SAYING IS,
'I BELIEVE IN TOMORROW AND I WILL BE A PART OF IT'.
My usual response to change is similar to the tortoises': they pull their heads into their shells, wait a beat or two before peeking out and making sure it's safe to emerge and continue chomping on romaine or basking in the sun.
Now, while I enjoy a good salad and spending time outdoors, I - unfortunately! - don't have an actual shell to hunker down in when the world turns weird or scary or just plain ornery. (My version of a shell includes chocolate, books, pillows and blankets, and some old TV shows.) To me, the word "change" always carried a negative connotation - bad things, sad things, worries, fears, anxieties, stresses. I rarely, if ever, thought of change as good. (And let's face it, not all change is good. Sometimes we do need to hunker down, those times when it's less about hiding and more about protecting yourself and your spirit.)
But I wonder, after reading this quote, if maybe I duck my head inside a little too quickly? What if I looked around a moment and considered the possibilities? What if I started looking at change as an opportunity? An opportunity for growth and improvement, for lessons to be learned? Maybe even for laughter, for fun?
I think this new attitude will be a great companion for my Year of Yes journey, and I think I'll give it a try.
How do you all view change - positively, negatively? When you hunker down, what's your "shell" like?
I wish you all a happy, healthy, creative New Year! Happy 2013, everyone!