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“Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.” – Pauline R. Kezer


What changes have you made in your life during the past year?



“Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one’s own unnecessary vegetation.” – Gail Sheehy


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“Some people change jobs, spouses, and friends – but never think of changing themselves.” –Paula Giddings, Writer

“How’s that working for you?” is a favorite saying of mine from television’s Dr. Phil. I’ve noticed that the people who are the hardest to like, or love, are the ones who are set in their ways and refuse to change. They are the ones who say “This is me. I have to be who I am.” Like that’s such a great thing. Maybe these people think that “being me” is working for them in the relationship and that’s all that matters. Or maybe they just refuse to see that things are not working in the relationship, or their lives, because of them just “being me.” Maybe they are just afraid that changing means they won’t get to have their way anymore. Or maybe they are afraid that changing means they won’t know who they think they are anymore. Do they think they are just so great that the world needs to adjust to them? Here’s some food for thought:

How many times have you heard someone say, “That’s just the way I am,” or “I can’t change.” How about, “This is me, take it or leave it!” Oh how we fight to hold onto what limits us. Don’t we realize, if our way worked, it would be working. Can’t we see that holding on to what “I am” keeps us from realizing who we are? It is natural to resist change. It is insane to fight against it. For some reason we believe if we have to change, there must be something wrong with the way we are. The issue is not right or wrong. The issue is working or not working. Everything must change. The best can always be better. The fast becomes fastest. The great becomes the greatest. When we make minor adjustments as we see they are needed, we save time and the expense of a major overhaul. –Iyanla Vanzant

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“Wherever we are, it is but a stage on the way to somewhere else, and whatever we do, however well we do it, it is only a preparation to do something else that shall be different.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

Have you ever felt so happy, or felt your life was going so great, that you wished time would just stand still? Or have you ever felt so miserable that you thought you’d never feel good, or laugh again? Have you ever wished time would just fast forward through the bad and get to the good stuff? I think we’ve all probably felt that way on more than one occasion. When things are great we don’t want them to change, when they aren’t — they can’t change fast enough for us. And sometimes we just become sort of comfortable dealing with a not so good situation but we resist any kind of change. What’s up with that? Maybe it’s the fear of the unknown, fear that it could get worse. One thing I know for sure is that the one constant in life is Change — and it happens whether or not we want it. If you’re feeling blue today, or feel yourself trying to resist change, here’s a poem to keep in mind:

Just Stick Around; This Too Shall Pass

No matter how we play the game
Nothing ever stays the same.
Bane or blessing, boon or curse
Some things get better, some get worse.

The things we like and those we don’t
Won’t stay the same, we know they won’t.
But we do have the illusion as we go from day to day
That whatever the world has become,
That’s how it will stay.

History keeps teaching us with every page we turn
But somehow, although we’ve been through
We never seem to learn.
In triumph or tragedy, in failure or success,
We win a few, we lose a few, we all do more or less.

But when there is defeat or victory of any kind,
There is a little thought that one should always keep in mind
THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

This moment, the bitter and the sweet
It’s not the end. There’s always more. The story’s incomplete.
And better or for worse, we cannot say exactly how,
Changes will come and nothing will be, what it is right now.

So beware, but don’t despair when everything seems bleak
We can not see tomorrow or the middle of next week.
Both good and bad, when they appear, quite often wear disguises,
And that is why our lives are filled with two kinds of surprises.

If you don’t like the way things are as now they can be found
Experience says all you have to do is stick around.
Change is the sand that falls each moment in the hourglass
For one way or the other, be assured,
THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

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