Between Friends: Change

By Doreen Barber


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Just as a blanket of snow covers the land and the scene we once knew changes, so do our lives. Change is the only constant in life. Just as one scene becomes a memory, a new scene becomes the reality.

Change has a way of moving us out of our comfort zones. Seldom are we able to stay in the same state of being for long. Change forces us to acknowledge it and either move with it or resist it; the turmoil of change can cause overwhelming stress.

"Life is a progress, and not a station." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

We often become complacent and unmoving, wanting to stay with the status quo.

We like to park indefinitely, without plugging the parking meter.

Without change or movement, water becomes stale or stagnant. This can happen to humans, as well. The challenge for us is to objectively look at change as a catalyst that can lead to a better tomorrow.  

Arnold Bennett said, "Any changes, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts."

Knowingly standing in a stationary position is not an option. Perhaps summed up best by what Anatole France said, "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." 

Change holds the promise for the future; our past is but hindsight that helps us reflect upon our life's journey. 

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