What do a diamond, butterfly and you have in common? All three are divinely inspired, precious and have to undergo a process of change to become what they are.
Most natural diamonds are formed under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions, 140-190 Kilometers (87 – 120 miles) in the earth’s mantle. This growth occurs over periods of 1 billion to 3.3 billion years.
Butterflies on the other hand, take a lot less time to be formed. Depending on the type and environment, this can take anywhere from one month to a year. Considering the comparatively short time period, one has to marvel at the dramatic changes that take place from egg to adult.
And then there’s us…
The nature of our transformational process is a topic that could lead to much debate and disagreement. However it’s not necessary for us to agree on matters beyond the grave here. What we can agree on is that in the lives we are living here and now, much change takes place at all levels.
In my previous post I said I had been going through some significant changes recently and that I’d be writing about these in my next few posts. Interestingly many of you who left comments said you had been going through important changes too. I don’t believe that this is a coincidence. There is great deal of change consciousness happening at this time.
No doubt you’ve heard it said that the only thing you can be sure of in life is that everything will change. It’s a process required for growth and it’s inevitable.
While diamonds and butterflies continue to undergo their respective transformational processes undeterred, most humans do not find it quite as easy to embrace change.
Most of us accept the concept intellectually but few of us like change and are seldom ready for it when it comes, as it must.
By processing some significant changes recently I got to thinking about what I know about change in my own life.
I’ve always believed I was fairly good at embracing change. I believed this because of my experience.
Here are some examples:
My father’s work meant we traveled around a lot when I was young, so by the age of 10 I had already been to 7 schools.
As a youngster growing up, I changed my bedroom around at least monthly and often more frequently.
I changed the configuration of my first degree four times in three years.
As an adult I have lived in five different countries.
My career history is somewhat diverse too – actor, teacher, pharmaceutical sales and marketing, scriptwriter, counselor, corporate coach and trainer, just to mention a few. Then there have also been three businesses I’ve owned.
I could provide you with many more examples but I’m sure you understand from these alone why I believed I was better than average at dealing with change.
It isn’t that I’m indecisive but rather the fact that I like and thrive on change, so I’ve always believed that I welcomed change more easily than others.
Become too complacent however and you can be sure there is a lesson about to be learned. This is just what I have been through.
What do I know about change now?
- Being able to deal with self-initiated change does not mean one will necessarily be good at dealing with unexpected changes.
- The saying, “Be careful of what you ask for” is totally true and you had better be prepared for whatever this might mean in reality.
- We are always able to cope with the changes that come our way even when we don’t think we will be able to do so.
- When we instigate change we usually want it to happen faster than it does.
- When change is brought into our lives unexpectedly, we usually want it to go away or at least slow down.
- You can never know for sure how you will deal with change you have not yet had to deal with.
- Change may look as if it occurs overnight but the process has been and is ongoing.
- We may know that resisting change is futile but still go down this road.
In my next post I’ll tell you more about the changes I have been dealing with but for now it’s over to you:
How well do you deal with change? Why do you think this?
What have you definitely learned about change in your own life?
Have your say in the comments section and I’ll meet you there.
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