Change is inevitable, though as human beings, we try to buck it with all our might. Like putting on a stiff pair of new shoes, change binds uncomfortably causing blisters and sore spots. It's very rare that you find a pair of shoes that have a cozy fit right away. Normally, you try on many different pairs, test out a dozen styles before you find the ones which call out to you. Then, you have to get used to them....walk around in them for a bit. Change is the same way. We need to wear it for a while......test it out while walking up and down the aisles in our mind before we decide to come to terms with it.
Isn't it funny how often you find yourself looking at your new pair of shoes when you first wear them out of the house? Perhaps they are TOO white..........TOO new looking and you feel like everyone is starring at the glow. Perhaps they are TOO shiny.......TOO sparkly and need a bit of a scuff just to wear them in. Or maybe they are just perfect and you can't seem to look at them enough. I think we all have a bit of a toddler in us when it comes to new shoes.
What happens when the shoes you purchased are very different than the type of shoes you have worn in the past........the heel is higher, the colour is bolder.......you've gone from wearing loafers all the time to a more formal dress shoe? It takes an adjustment in thinking and doing to make the shift to wearing different shoes. If you've defined yourself as a sandals person, it's going to take a while to transform your thinking if all of a sudden you're sporting a pair of steel toed work boots.
No matter what the shift is, it begins with feeling uncomfortable during the transition. So what happens when the change is much bigger than a new pair of shoes?
What if we are in market for a personal internal transformation.......... a REALLY big shift in our way of thinking and doing and believing? Do these things happen overnight? Not normally. I don't think one can go to sleep one night believing life spins one way and wake up the next seeing it on a completely different axis. A renewal of the mind is a gradual growth usually. That's how we best handle change.
Wouldn't it be nice if our lives and our world worked that way? LOTS of time to make a gradual change..............uhuh...............
Unfortunately, events beyond our control and even some within our control can trigger a huge shift in a split second. We have seen this whenever a natural disaster hits one part of our global community. We have seen how one photo of a naked child running down the road in pain away from the firey violence in VietNam altered the thinking of a whole nation with respect to a war being fought halfway around the world. We have witnessed a sea of peace loving monks dressed in their traditional garb march in protest down the streets in Burma .......
The twin towers
One small step for man........
the discovery of penicillin.
the birth of a baby
personal health news
Change alters the light.........and increases the heat of anxiety because change shakes our foundation of faith. What do I believe? What kind of life shoes do I want to fit me? How am I going to transform my thinking to accept new? How am I going to get through this? Do you wish you could bottle up a magic potion that would take some of the pain and anxiety away from our inevitable transformative changes? Unfortunately, we must do our best to align our hearts and minds to renewal with the faith and understanding that it is all a part of our own journey.
written by this week's writers island prompt, renewal.................check out the others..........