Change is here, whether we want it to be or not. The world is evolving so rapidly we can barely keep up. Companies are constantly being bought-out, management changes at least once a year. New schools are built, new highways planned. Computer and TV’s upgrade their features every 3-6 months and old ones become obsolete in a few years. (Some say months.)
Knowing that change is all around us, we do so many of us fight it? Sure, it can be annoying when the grocery store changes it’s layout for the third time in a year. And no one said highway construction was fun. But since we know that it’s here to stay, why not do more than accept change? Why not embrace it?
How do we do that? First, we start by being more adaptable ourselves. By eating at a new restaurant, driving a new route to work, or learning how to operate a new software program, we keep our minds flexible and fresh. Enjoying Greek food for the first time, or listening to classical music during the drive home helps us to appreciate change as a positive thing and not just a disruption of our lives.
Secondly, by learning how to do a Sudoku puzzle for the first time, or attending a yoga class, we can enjoy the process of learning and growing, which is really what life is all about. Recognizing that change is the main part of that process will remove the negative association from it, allowing us to welcome change as the constructive tool that it really is.
Keep a yearly goal list to note new things you would like to try. Whether a new exercise program, a different book author, or just a new flavor of ice cream, by trying new things on a consistent basis we will connect enjoyment and satisfaction with change, thereby lessening its fear over us. Instead of dreading the change in our job or bemoaning the dust from construction, we will look forward to attaining new skills and be happy to have a new place to shop.