Experiencing change in life is inevitable. In the course of a lifetime everyone will be faced with navigating changes in their life. Sometimes these changes are the result of the loss of a job, the death of a spouse, a divorce, or some other major event in our life that drastically changes the landscape of our life. Many times changes that we are faced with are situations that arise that we have little to no control over. How successful we are in life is often largely dependent upon how well we are able to adapt to the changes that life throws our way, and as the saying goes, “Roll with the punches.” Change can be difficult. I once heard someone say that nobody likes change but a baby. That statement is humorous, but there is an element of truth in it. Most people like to be able to live their lives with a reasonable amount of predictability and a minimal amount of difficult and unexpected surprises. Unfortunately, change invariably becomes a part of life. If a person is unable to adapt to the changes that life often brings about, they will never be able to live a life that is rewarding and fulfilling.
The Serenity Prayer talks about change. The Serenity Prayer says. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” Just as the wonderful advice of The Serenity Prayer suggests, there are times that life throws a curve our way that we can do nothing about. It is in times like these that we simply have to ask God to give us the strength to accept those things that we can do nothing about. Nothing will bring about frustration and a sense of defeat in your life like trying to fight a battle that you cannot win. We have to choose our battles wisely, and realize that some things we cannot change. There are however, times in our lives that we are in situations that are not leading us down the paths that bring about personal fulfillment, success, and happiness. There are times when we have to realize that in order to reach our goals and dreams, we have to change. It’s funny how some people constantly complain about their situations in life, but they continue to go about their life in the manner that they always have in the past. I love the old quote by Albert Einstein that said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If we want to change the landscape of our life, sometimes we have to be willing to change.
I am of the opinion that the change that will have the greatest impact on our success in life involves changing how we think. If a person thinks negatively all the time, and is consistently unable to embrace a positive and optimistic attitude, they will always see the world as a place that is destined to lead them into doom and failure. If a person lives their life with thoughts of self-pity all the time, they will see the world as a cruel, unfair and uncompassionate place. Our view of the world we live in is directly related to our thoughts and how we react to the challenges that life throws our way. If you want to change your life, change your thoughts.
Just about everyone wants to be surrounded with people who are friendly, happy, and supportive. Don’t you just love the people that you meet that just ooze with charisma, a positive attitude, and are a delight to be around? All of us want to be around the people that make the world a better place. The question is…. why do those people have to be someone other than us? The answer is simple. The people who make the world a better, brighter, and happier place, …and who fill the atmosphere with encouragement can be us! We must remember that our attitudes and actions have an effect on those we come into contact with. If we maintain a positive outlook on life, and are able to adapt to the changes life throws our way, we will be the type of person that is able to bring about change in those around us. Attitudes are contagious. Changing the world all starts within us as individuals. As Gandhi once said, ” Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
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