Life is dynamic – no matter how much you learn, how hard you work, the investment of time that you invest ~ things change. I am okay with this, in fact – I embrace change for the most part. What I’ve come to realize, however, is that there is one part of the ‘change’ process that can evoke resistance within me; and that is change I must face that I did not ask for or initiate on my own.
There really shouldn’t be a difference in approach when you think about it. Change is change and I should meet it as I’d meet it if it was change I’d consciously chosen to pursue. Regardless of the HOW of change’s emergence ~ the same approach mechanisms are required: a willingness to see/experience/do things differently, an openness to learning a new or different way, an understanding that what worked ‘before’ does not work ‘now’ and therefore seeking a way that works is advantageous, and an ability to engage in new learning, new information, and/or new methods or techniques until it is no longer ‘change’, but a daily practice.
So I’m thinking that the root of the difference in approach to change I initiate and change that is ‘thrust upon me’ is my degree of willingness to engage in the process. It’s good to unearth personal growth opportunities like this. In this time of ‘pursuing happiness’, ‘finding peace’ and ‘seeking fulfillment’ – learning to embrace all change with passion, enthusiasm and a desire for Mastery, regardless of how that change emerged, influences the process immensely.
I’m a big proponent of Mastery. I enjoy learning new things, expanding my horizons and practicing what needs to be practiced, with dedication and commitment, until varying levels of accomplishment are achieved. So it makes sense that a good next step for me would be to enthusiastically support this process no matter how much time it will take, how steep the learning curve may be, how my routine will be re-worked as a result and what will have to be released to accommodate it.
Most immediately – I’m learning to operate within a family dynamic of 3 now that my oldest daughter has gone to University, living there for the duration of the school year. (All 3 of us are learning this as we go – as my daughter will be learning how to operate independently with her family support at a distance.)
I’m learning about more conscious eating and trying new foods that will better support the changes my body is going through as it ages.
I’m learning to better balance what must be done in a day and what I’d appreciate and enjoy doing in a day.
And I remain committed to personal growth, Self development and enlightened living; for my benefit as well as those whose paths I cross at any given time.
So, how does one get there from here?
One mindful moment at a time.
One mindful action at a time.
One conscious choice at a time.
I am now here – and as long as ‘there’ is in sight and willingness is present~ getting there is inevitable.