They say the only thing for certain that you can count on in life is death and taxes. I want to add to that list….CHANGE.
Death CHANGES things. Life CHANGES things. We are not growing if we don’t CHANGE. CHANGE is inevitable. I attended a funeral on New Years Eve. It really got me thinking and reflecting on things.
Life is fragile and short. None of is will escape death. Our days are numbered, and I swear as I get older, the days and years go by quicker and quicker. Last month there was a mass shooting at my work’s sister agency. And while none of our coworkers were involved or injured, there were still so many that lost their lives, unnecessarily, who would have never thought that going to their company holiday lunch would result in their untimely death. You never know where and when your last breath will be your true last.
In July/August I was involved in a situation at work that involved a lot of discrimination and racism, and just plain old meanness from people who I had previously considered friends. I can’t say that they changed overnight, it was more gradual. But let’s face it, people change. We cannot control their behavior or actions. This particular situation led me to a positive new change in position at my job.
I don’t want the intention of this post to be depressing; mostly just thought provoking. Here’s what I came up with:
Life happens. Your situation could CHANGE at any minute. You need to be willing to embrace the CHANGE and go with it.
Make the most of each day and strive to make a difference in the lives of others. Be the CHANGE you want to see in the world. Tell your family and friends every day how much you love them and how much they mean to you. Don’t take any day for granted.
No one can CHANGE you, except for you. You should also look to continually be bettering yourself and your situation any way that you can. And be good to yourself. We all struggle, we all make mistakes, we forget things, we cannot possibly live up to everyone else’s expectations. Give yourself grace when needed and focus on what really matters. Make sure to do something at least weekly to be good to yourself.
How will you strive to change your self, your circumstances, your relationships with others this year?