Constant change is here to stay. Every day the Grand Canyon erodes just a bit more, the tides shift on social and political issues, the new phone gets a day closer to replacement, and relationships continue to morph. Sometimes we are tracking the change to celebrate, and other times change sneaks up and yells "Surprise!"
How do you usually respond to the swirl of uncertainty as the galaxies continue to expand? This inquiry provides a study in self-awareness. Do you resist change like a stone walkway; buckling and breaking when the ground heaves or is your response more pliable and willing to absorb the shock of an ever-changing world?
Yesterday, I dropped my daughter off at college after a very deliberate process to get her into the right school. Today, I learned my auto mechanic, the guy I have trusted for 18 years, is no longer managing my local shop. While not emotionally equal, this is a real-time change and a reminder that life is in motion.
For you, what are the real-time changes you are encountering today? It may be a monumental shift or just another step in the long line of subtle daily changes. The transformation may be another day of school closer to graduation or a day closer to retirement. In either case, bystanders will reflect on the significant milestone and how each day added up, to equal a day of celebration.
You and I shape what tomorrow brings through our actions and preparations today. Knowing tomorrow will be different can encourage our souls and help soften the rough edges of the new normal. Embracing inevitable change starts from the neck up and is a daily choice. Your fresh start happens when the rooster crows.