Change and My First Video

Changing Leaves in Autumn

Changing Leaves in Autumn — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis at MSN Clipart

‘If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.’ ~~ Lao Tzu    (taken from Leo Babauta’s “Zen Habits”)

Change happens and is natural. It’s constant starting with the ticking of time. If you’ve been on my site before, you’ll notice I made a change to the colors and picture. I’ve been in a funk lately. I felt stuck and decided to shake things up. It helps to jump-start creativity and get the brain juices flowing again. 

What came out of my new found creativity is my first attempt at a video. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a while but technology seemed to get in the way and frustrations caused me to stumble.  But, “ta—da” ― persistence prevailed and here it is:

I have to admit, many times I resist change and I look for a place to rest and feel comfortable ― at least long enough to enjoy having arrived. Much of our daily lives require making decisions, reading, learning and rendering choices. When I finally arrive from having made a change, I like to savor it for a few minutes. At least, long enough before it’s time to move on to another change.

I know some of my resistance to change is a result of fear. Too many times, I made a change only to find I created a monster and bit off more than I bargained for. I think that’s part of the reason for my funk. I’ve been too cautious from corrections I’ve had to unravel or too comfortable from finally fixing them. It’s nice to rest but I need to be wary of becoming too complacent.

When it gets too quiet and you notice that nothing new is happening, it’s time to initiate change. There’s a balance and life is too precious to remain still for too long. Forcing a change, I’ve noticed, creates movement, like my first video, ideas start flowing and I feel refreshed again. I’ve forgotten how valuable change can be and realize I shouldn’t fight it.

Along with change, I’ve learned to adapt and be flexible. When things don’t go as planned, I like to hear these words in The Byrd’s old ‘60’s song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”

“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose unto heaven”.

Change is inevitable and something we all experience. It’s a necessary part of life. Whether you notice a major change in your life or not, I guarantee some type of change is happening. Otherwise, life would stop and become stagnant.

Have you been stuck and needed to get creative juices flowing again? What changes get you started and back on track again?

Pat from the ol’ kitchen table

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