Changes are something that happen every second of every day. We all age every second, someone dies every second, someone is born every second of the year. The years all start to fall upon us as if they were just check marks on a to do list. You blink and the year is almost up. At least, that’s how it can often seem.
I’ve started preparing for my new job. I’m making provisions for where I’ll live, making sure that everything is in order so that when I start the position, all I need to worry about is getting to and from work. In the process, I’ve let other things slide that I probably shouldn’t have but in my excitement, it’s been difficult to focus.
I look in the mirror and see a reflection of someone who has had to fight battles throughout her life that have often beaten me so badly in spirit that it’s been difficult to rise back up and re-challenge the demons that dwelled inside. I think all of us at some point have had to deal with fears and inner demons. After all, the adage that we are our own worst enemy is truer than many of us would like to attest. There is a strength in being able to recognize our faults. The challenge becomes to hone our weakest skills into our strongest skills without compromising the strengths that we have in other areas.
What changes are you experiencing in your professional lives? Does it appear that the changes to your position are positive or negative? If they appear negative, ask yourself if it’s the change that’s negative or your attitude about the change. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that people do not like change generally. And it’s because of those changes that people push back. I don’t always agree with my superiors at work, but the bottom line is that I’m not in the position to be able to change their view. I can, however, make note of the change, and give it a chance. If it works well, then I know that it was a good move. If it doesn’t work well, I can document what is going on, then present a solution. It’s up to the powers that be to make the decision on whether to move forward with it or not.
In your personal lives, are you noticing differences with those you love? I see my mom age daily and the toil that aging is taking on her body. I see my friends starting to make changes in their diets and their exercise patterns. I watch as other friends prepare for the future by planning future moves in order to make their lives more prosperous. All of us have different ideals. Each one of us is making necessary changes in order to attain our dreams and goals. Children grow right in front of my eyes. I remember vividly some of the youth from several years ago at our church who were embellishing childhood. Now, many of them are entering middle school, high school, and even college. Some of them have now graduated. The future is not necessarily the future. in fact, it’s happening right now, right under all of our noses.
What changes are you noticing in your environment? I used to live in a very rural area and it’s still somewhat rural, but the dynamics have drastically changed. It is now a very populated area and animals do not have many places to roam. The trash on the street is a constant issue. This once mundane and quiet homestead now has the loud sounds of music blasting down the street, fights erupting in the area, homes being burglarized and the constant fear of being hit with a vehicle because cars are zooming by. There is nothing serence about the newest developments. But hey, it’s all in the name of progress right? Yeah. The politicians aren’t the ones who live among the disruption. All they care about is the bottom line and that’s the almighty dollar.
I notice buildings being built whether they are homes or businesses. The sad part is more land is being cleared for this so called progress and buildings that were once the golden child of the area are now abandoned and look as if they would make wonderful gang hide outs. They don’t look loved anymore. Where is the pride that once ignited all of us? Are we so beaten that we can’t even feel good about our environments anymore? It’s a question that constantly comes to the forefront of my mind.
If you are anything like me, you have gotten so busy that you neglect the notices around you. Here’s the thing. Today is today. You won’t get to repeat the day. You can repeat the routines each day but you only get one shot in that moment. You only get each second only once. There are no do overs in the present. Don’t take a single moment for granted. Learn to embrace your weaknesses. Love yourself and others. Start noticing the little things that you might have missed. Did you know that every time you pass someone they are dealing with their own personal drama? Do you even think about it? Chances are probably not. But if you act as if people matter, it just might surprise you at the changes you will encounter around you.
We’re all busy. Just don’t forget that you matter. What you notice matters. Listening matters. More importantly, courage and love go hand in hand. Be the change. Notice the things around you that need improvement and take on the opportunity to lead others for a more positive environment.