Life is full of change--schools, jobs, relationships, locations, seasons, life phases and stages. Some people just accept change as a necessary part of life, some actually embrace change, and others resist change of any kind. For many, it depends on the particular change since, as we know, change can bring excitement, exhilaration, and joy, as well as pain, sadness, and devastation, or some combination thereof.
One thing is certain: change will occur whether we accept it or not. It's how we handle the change that makes the difference--whether we transition with the change. While I know that technically change and transition are the same, I believe change can occur without us making a transition. For example, the season has changed from summer to fall. If those who live in less temperate climate conditions refuse to make that transition and continue to dress for summer, they may suffer when the temperatures fall significantly. Change without transition.
Some changes are more subtle than others and it may take a while for us to notice. But once we recognize a change, it's important to make a transition in our actions, thoughts, and/or attitudes. Absent transitions, we may become stuck, stagnant, apathetic. Even painful change can result in hope, growth, and new opportunities if we're willing to make a transition. Some folks are so resistant to change that they would rather be unhappy, miserable, and dissatisfied in their current situation (i.e., job, relationship, financial status) than transition into the possibility of something better. You know, that old "devil you know" issue.
Some transitions are more difficult, and take longer, than others. And while major changes can be challenging, we need not become permanently unhinged by them. For example, if change introduces limitations into our lives, we can transition by focusing on and celebrating the limitations we don't have. We're better served by embracing what's possible rather than impossible. Refusing to let go of what was prevents us from fully enjoying the present and moving forward. Even when it's difficult to accept change, it's important to remain open to it. Accepting change and making transitions may be the difference between realizing our dreams and regretting that we didn't pursue them. It may be the difference between living a joyful life and living life on the sidelines. Transitioning with and through life's changes . . . it's up to us.
Living My Joy
Conventional wisdom says we should live below our means, specifically, our financial means. Makes sense, right? Because living above our financial means can have repercussions that ripple throughout our lives.I've been living above my means for years. Not my financial means, but my life's means--my own personal capabilities to make things happen. When confronted with circumstances I cannot handle on my own--for example, forgiving what seems unforgivable, mustering the strength and courage to handle serious health issues, dealing with life's various setbacks, living my dreams, etc.,--I find it necessary to tap into my faith line of credit. Sometimes, the amount available is very small. But I've found that each time I access the line, my faith balance grows. My repayment plan consists of regular deposits of gratitude for what I have and what's on the way, as well as sharing my journey (the challenges and the victories) with others to provide encouragement. Living beyond my means is recognition and acceptance that winging it is sometimes/ofttimes necessary. And through it all, I'm still standing.
Living My Joy
Bridges are pathways that make connections. They may connect the old to the new, the rich to the poor, the known to the unknown. Some bridges are solid, sturdy. Some are in disrepair and should not be traversed before the infrastructure is restored. Some bridges are beautiful and greatly admired. Others, not so much. Sometimes we cross bridges because we're curious about what's on the other side. Other times we do so out of necessity. Sometimes we decide not to cross bridges because we are fearful. But one thing is fairly certain: if we never cross a bridge, we'll live a life of confinement, limitation.
People . . . we, too, are bridges. Pathways that make connections. It's up to us to bridge divides, stand in the gaps, reach across lines, explore the unknown, and face and overcome our fears in order to make the infrastructure of our connections the best and strongest it can be. And while we may not always be successful, there's victory in the attempt(s).
Living My Joy
I know, this photo is very unpleasant for some. But I took it because the first thing that came to mind when I saw these critters was gossipers congregating, waiting around for a piece of cheese (news). Totally oblivious to the fact that it's just a matter of time before the trap.
Life often teaches us that when we gossip it says as much about us as the target(s) of our gossip. While we may not get caught up in drama for gossiping, we may end up hurting others and/or ourselves. And that's a trap of our own making. I find it's easier to have and maintain my joy when I focus on taking care of my own business rather than spreading someone else's.