Change is a constant
10th March, 20140 Comments
Written by: Jan Dannenburg (MBSCH, SQHP)
It’s funny how we fight against change, from having face lifts to look more youthful to altering our age on forms or burying our head in the sand when situations are evolving around us that we do not like...but sometimes you just have to face the fact that change is really the only constant in our lives.
Your body you have today is not the same body that you had days or weeks or months ago. Red blood cells live for about four months, and white blood cells will live on average for more than a year. Skin cells are with us for 2 – 3 weeks, while brain cells typically last an entire lifetime (neurons in the cerebral cortex, for example, are not replaced when they die). So, physically, we are in a cycle of constant change.
Within our own thoughts and behaviours we also evolve, learn and hopefully grow every day. The old saying “you learn something new every day” is a good one – if you are open to change, to seeing with interested eyes, to feeling with an open heart, then you will learn every day.
And yet how we fight and, at times, rage against change! But when we are able to embrace it (although it may be difficult to do) to see if we can welcome it as a familiar, then how much easier our lives become. At times it may feel we are being buffeted on a high sea with large waves full of flotsam and jetsam battering us at every dip and rise of the sea; other points in our lives are very calm, dull even, where it can feel like we are just floating along on a still millpond. It can seem as if the calm, gentle time is followed by the crashing seas, and we then crave that calm millpond again.
When you see that change is a constant then we open ourselves up to allowing ourselves to float on the pond or the sea, to hold tight and to ride the ride. Life can be complex and challenging at times, but when we accept the flow of change then it is possible to make the process less complex.
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