Jim has it right here in this quote, “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by CHANGE.”
“Change is the only constant” of life. According to Wikiquote.org Heraclitus seems to have coined the phrase, but I return to it often. Heraclitus of Ephesus lived from 535 BC – 475 BC was a Greek philosopher known for his doctrine of change. He points us in Western philosophy to the word change as being “both the source and fundamental order of the Cosmos.” It sounds poetic, but damn hard when entering a time of it in our own lives. We wiggle and moan and grumble as we do during growing pains. It is not easy, but necessary. Those that remain adaptable thrive in times of change.
My last post was about the beginning of Covid-19 and now 4 months later the only thing that has been constant is change. We adapt or remain forever locked up or in lock-down or locked out. So much has changed. And yet, every day I am encouraged to embrace the changes. An embrace is fluid though. There is a beginning, a middle full of rest and an end or slipping away. We must adapt to the movement of change. Honor it as a welcomed friend. Change is not our adversary. Change is clearing the slate or the canvas so that new creations can take shape. Always, there is room for creativity. And so, allow that creativity and seek it. How can we be better? How can we be alive through the chaos? How can we love those that are holding on to the past when the only progress lies ahead?
Have you heard of Mercury Retrograde? Some call it silliness. I say it is a given. There is one ahead of us in the upcoming months, but funny, because it seems as if we have been living it the last few months. We feel as if everything we try to accomplish equals walking through sorghum or molasses. Hold onto your hats because that feeling will intensify. There will be a day when the universal floodgates open and allow the energy to flow freely, but not for a while. So, until then, allow creativity to flow even in the small mundane things. Do not get overwhelmed by government mandates on where you can dine-in or have to carry-out. Or, how schools will cater to all, partial online blended learning or as I call it customized classrooms. Isn’t that where we have been headed?
Even in the chaos we can think outside the box. Let change spur us on to find creative ways to serve and teach and experience life. Have fun along the way, even when there seems to be struggle. Find the humor in it all and let that well up from inside and pour out as you dive into the change.