Change. What do you think about when you hear the word “change”. For a lot of people, change is scary because technically, if there is change coming, there is a sense of the unknown. So why is the unknown so scary? Well being that we are neither psychologists or psychiatrists or educated in anything related to this topic, all we have are deductions made from personal life experiences. Why not just dive right in?!
Today, as a society, we tend to want everything when we want it, and we usually want it FAST. We want x amount of likes on Instagram in 5 minutes. We want our Amazon order delivered the same or next day, even if we just ordered something we don’t NEED at ALL, let alone in a hurry. We want our cake, and we want to eat it too. Then we want to freeze it and think about it from time to time in it’s frozen state. We like knowing that it’s there, when we are ready, to thaw it out and eat it again. (I don’t actually know if this is a thing that you can do or if it would be fresh or delicious, but just go with it.)
I often think about something my mom said to me when I got my first place. It was an amazing place, and I knew how lucky I was to live there, but I got caught up in wishing and hoping and dreaming about what I wish I had rather than just LIVING there. One day my mom said to me, “If you had all the things you are saying you wish you had… what would you have to look forward to?” And gosh darn it. My mom didn’t go to college but is the wisest person in the WORLD. Of course! I would have nothing to dream about and nothing to work for if I had everything I wanted. And the more I thought about, everything I HAD then were things that I wished I had when I was dreaming of life after college. Instant gratification is not ALWAYS the most gratifying. Real GOOD life changing change comes from hard work, being grateful for the lessons you learn and allowing yourself to “keep the change.”
You probably feel like you are sitting next to your dad at a ball game when he tells the cotton candy man to “keep the change” right now, don’t you? And actually, that is something we should talk about. Because in giving, we receive. And in receiving, we feel happy! But that isn’t really where this is going. When we say “keep the change” we mean… change is coming. It is inevitable. It happens EVERY day. Sometimes the change is small. Sometimes you push yourself in Yoga to hit that pose you haven’t quite mastered, and you feel that overwhelming sense of accomplishment when you finally nail it and your body SEES the change you’ve been working so hard toward. Sometimes you make a change by giving something up, like say, biting your finger nails. And you are so darn proud when you look down and see your freshly painted nails because, 1: they look REALLY pretty (and make you FEEL pretty, too!) and 2: You believe that you are capable of doing anything you really want to do. Sometimes change flat out sucks. Like maybe your life is hit by a tornado and what seems like a never ending storm. Maybe you lose someone you love, or maybe you love someone and lose yourself. But if we have learned one thing on this journey to changing the world with kindness, it’s that rain can be ignored. And the rainbow that follows is 100 times more glorious than any rain shower, anyway. And on the flip side… dancing in the rain can actually be pretty fun. It’s all about perspective.
In closing, we see you, we feel you, and we want you to know that it is OK to be afraid OF change. Just don’t be afraid TO change. Keep the change. Make small positive changes and watch the beauty of your life become brighter and even more beautiful. And if you care to right click and save the image below, feel free to spread the positivity on Instagram or Facebook. Never hold back from doing something or sharing something that might help someone. Words have a lot of power. And sometimes they inspire people to take action that might better themselves. ♡