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Life Lesson 1: Change is a Comin'

A little life lesson I desperately needed today, that came to me in the leaf-covered woods...

Why box up life? Change is what life is all about. Seasons change. Knowledge changes. Popularity changes. Uses change. Every year is new: new breakthroughs, new failures, new stories, new leaders. Every day is new: new weather, new interactions, new objects, new surroundings. Every moment is new: unpredictable, unimaginable, uncontrollable, unknown. Habits are broken in an instant, a life ends, a relationship begins, groundbreaking discoveries are made.

Why box up life? Let go of control: Don't worry if the body seems unfit, if the knowledge is not perfected, if the skill is under-rehearsed. Don't resist the changes, don't wait until the moment is "right," don't give up before you have even begun. Flexibility grants us peace, tolerance, acceptance, patience. Spontaneity grants us laughter, adventure, and most importantly: a chance to play.

Why box up life? Open your mind. Choose to like something new every day. Like the chilly air, like the crooked glasses perched on a crooked nose, like that one cloud in the sky. Try something new every day. Try baking that cake, try climbing that tree, try sketching that portrait. Failure? Comes when you forget to laugh about the charring, the scrapes and bruises, the disproportionate features. So what if before today you didn't like baseball, or travelling, or rainy days...like them now! The biggest obstacle? YOU.

"For I know the thoughts that I think upon you, says Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11






8 comments

  1. "Don't wait until the moment is "right,"

    This should probably be my new motto or mantra. I don't know.

    But it's TOTALLY what I've been trying to work on. I know that I struggle with procrastination but there's always a "good" reason for putting something off. "I only have twenty minutes. I'm not gonna get out my paints." A favorite: "I'll wait until I'm married." Well, 10 years later I should probably think about doing some of those things now. Sigh.

    Anyhow, your blog is already succeeding. Thank you for your inspiration <3

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    1. Huzzah! So glad you were inspired. I am just so fascinated by this idea of putting ourselves in a box. I do it ALL THE TIME. I think, 'Oh, I'm not the kind of person that does X.' Well, yesterday I started asking myself why not?! I always think I have to have a certain background knowledge in something, or it has to fit my lifestyle (whatever THAT means), or I have to really love it in order to do it. But I think I end up holding myself back from a lot of great people and experiences and LIFE just because I make up all these reasons I shouldn't do something. And that's dumb, in my opinion!

      To quote the legend:

      "Courage, dear heart."
      -C.S. Lewis

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    2. "Why not?"is another amazing mantra that I tried to adopt a year or so ago and then promptly forgot. Thank you for these super inspirational reminders. Keep them coming please. Your insights are so helpful. We all need to keep reminding each other of these truths to make life shinier.

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    3. You are so welcome, so glad to hear this was helpful to you!

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  2. I really needed to read that first paragraph today. I think I forgot for a second that change is what life is all about. The nature of the universe is that the Lord is constantly re-creating it, and to resist change is to resist life itself. Change isn't just possible, it's inevitable.

    I thank you for writing it!

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    1. Ah, I'm so glad! Thank you for your comments, I agree 100%! The nature of the world, of the Lord, and of repentance is continuous change. I absolutely agree that trying to resist that is resisting life itself! Well put and thanks for sharing.

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  3. "Let go of control: Don't worry if the body seems unfit, if the knowledge is not perfected, if the skill is under-rehearsed. "

    Reading this on a day when I feel under-the-weather and under-prepared for coming tasks is very helpful. I don't need to do all things, or everything perfectly, I just need to do something good in good faith. And I may not feel superb physically, but I can still do a moderate amount of things toward creative endeavours. Even if things frighten me, I can still go forward, remembering that His thoughts are above my thoughts, and His ways above my ways, and that He plans for each of us "a future and a hope."

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for your comments, Ayisha! I am glad it was helpful to you, and grateful for your insights on the subject as well!

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