Today, I’m feeling a bit like the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It’s like I was just chilling in West Philadelphia (or ya know, Southern Washington), and my life got flipped, turned, upside-down. Have you ever had one of those moments? One of those days?
We never see the moments coming. We don’t plan for them and can’t control them. One minute we’re sitting in life’s lawn chair, basking in our comfort zone, and the next we’re swept away in a whirlwind of change. The cushy feelings and warm fuzzies of complacency and stagnation are stirred up and whirled around until they’re replaced with things more difficult to swallow – things like gumption and grit. Those moments uncover what’s inside you. How we react to and handle change says everything.
Change…it can be the most exhilarating or the most excruciating process. Change can define or deflate us…it’s all a matter of choice. We can’t change an event, but we can change our reaction to it. It’s never too late to change your perspective, your mind, your attitude.
How we let change affect us can determine our experience. Change can be exhilarating and freeing – or we can allow it to cover us in fear. We can lean in to the change, embracing it as our new reality, or continue to grasp the past and the memories of “what was and no longer is.” Moving forward and allowing yourself to let go is scary. Letting go of control and being open to change is also courageous.
If you are facing a change in your life, how will you let it affect you? Will you roll with it, or let it roll over you? Uncover the fighter inside. Cling to tenacity. Hold tight to gumption. Embrace strength. You can do this. You have gotten through everything you’ve said you couldn’t. You made it then, and you’ll make it again.
Grab my hand, and let’s walk this path of change together.
“Come gather ’round people wherever you roam, and admit that the waters around you have grown, and accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you is worth savin’, then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changin’. ”
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