Change is a funny thing, isn’t it? It’s happening to us and around us everyday, yet when it comes time for us to truly make a change within ourselves, we are weak, unsure, uncomfortable… and most importantly, unwilling.
Change is the natural flow of the Universe. We often wish so much for things to stay the same, but that’s impossible. From one second to the next, everything has changed.
Are you swimming against the continuous current of change? Why? Where are you afraid of going? Life is so much more enjoyable when we swim in harmony with the waves of change and trust them to carry us where we need (not necessarily want) to go. Trust. You are not alone. Change is not impossible, it’s inevitable. When we resist the tides of change, we don’t stop the process, we just usually end up changing into something or someone we don’t want to be.
If you are sensing a deep need for change in your life, don’t feel you have to wait for the perfect plan. Just be open and willing to allow the idea of change into your mind, and trust that with that willingness, you will be guided in the right direction.
Have a little faith.
Fear can keep you safe, but it can also keep you small. I know I’m not the only one with hopes and dreams for the future being constantly run over by the mac truck of fear! There’s a planet full of people living lives of quiet desperation because they’re too afraid to make a leap, or a jump, or even a step. I know, because I’m one of them. I didn’t realize it all at once, for a while I just felt like something was missing but could never put my finger on exactly what. After a long period of self reflection, I now recognize how I’ve been living a life based more on safety and less on satisfaction. Anything from career choices to what to make for dinner, I was stuck in a vicious cycle of playing it safe! I say, “was” because I’ve committed myself to breaking that cycle and I want to empower you to do the same! We were born into a world of unlimited abundance and possibilities, but unfortunately, this wasn’t the message many of us received. Instead, we received messages of lack, limit and practicality, that the world is a tough place where there’s not enough for everybody and we must compete and fight for what we want. We’re told that money is tight, the job market is poor, people can’t be trusted, and so we should make decisions based on what society has deemed realistic. So without even knowing it, that’s what we did, that’s what I did! I traded a life of personal fulfillment and authenticity for one that “plays well with others”. I didn’t want to end up jobless, or homeless, or worst of all JUDGED (yes, that’s what I was most afraid of)! I know now that should I continue to walk the neatly manicured path of safety, I will one day find myself regretful for not following the dreams that had always lived inside of me. Dreams I finally acknowledge as far more important than any judgment or criticism I would receive for perusing them.
Do you want to look back on your life someday and think of all the opportunities you left unnoticed, too busy worrying about the possibility of an unfavorable outcome? Whether it’s climbing Mount Everest or taking a new exercise class at the gym, it doesn’t matter! WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE? At the end of the day, does it really matter if you fail, trip or fall? Will the world come to a screeching halt? My guess is no. The risks involved with living a life ruled by safety and filled with fear far out weigh those associated with chasing our passions and fulfilling our purpose. I don’t believe any of us came into this world to play it safe. With so many people trying desperately to blend in, let us strive to be the kind of person who proves life is better when you don’t.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson