Is It A Sign Of The Times?

It seems like everyone I talk to have some challenging life issues they’re facing. I’ve seen some of it in my life, as well, and not just a minor incident here or there. I know change is inevitable but this is crazy and within the last month – super hurricane, surgeries, sick pets – not to mention a presidential election, political unrest, poor economy and an embassy bombing! In biblical times, it was famines and plagues – today extremists may call it the “end of the world”.

No gloom and doom picture intended here – just fast-pace changes in the times we live. Have you noticed? Life and change have intersected and happening fast and furious – one event after another I’m hardly catching my breath.

If I step back and tune into the rhythm of my heart, I can sense a shift in energies, noting how the events in the world today have intensified. I marveled at the lunar eclipse and meteor showers this summer but similar phenomena have occurred down through history and appear only to enhance the mysteries and attempt to illuminate the shifts within.

How often have you heard someone say, “I hate change – I don’t deal with it very well?” Most of us would probably agree we would prefer status quo and not multiple, frequent changes, if you note the types of misfortunes we’ve seen lately. But, if you stop and reconsider, change in and of itself is normal, frequent, constant, and it would be far more painful if there were no change. Change is not typically something bad – change is good meaning there is life and freshness.

For example, inhabiting this ‘big ball’ we call earth, change is occurring every day when the sun rises and moves across the sky and sets. Change occurs with every tick of the clock – when the moment is gone it can’t be reclaimed.

First Snowfall Photo in Bailey by Pat Ruppel

In the Rocky Mountains, I saw a change in the seasons last month with our first snow.

And, if everything remained status quo, it would be impossible to digest the burrito I just ate.

The next time, when encountering a challenging change in between ‘putting out fires’ and taking a breath, please join me in the following:

1)  Calmly assess and do what needs to be done to handle the immediate situation at hand.

2)  Step back and look at the bigger picture – tune into feelings, emotions and align with positive possibilities and opportunities.

3)  Focus on something for which to be thankful no matter how minor it may seem.

4)  Don’t stop loving.

5)  Don’t quit.

Do you have happy changes you’re experiencing? Or are you noticing challenging life changes in your life? What are you facing and how are you handling it? Will you share some positive tips on what you’re doing to work through them?

Pat – from the ol’ kitchen table – Please leave a comment or question. I’ll be grateful!

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8 thoughts on “Is It A Sign Of The Times?

  1. It is always good to read your blog.
    And there certainly is a lot of changes happening today.
    Moving back to Iowa was quite a change.

    • I’m sure it was a big change for you Bob to make a major move like that. Out of all the changes we’ve had in the last year and half, moving wasn’t one of them. Though it can be a good thing – for us I’m relieved.
      Glad you stopped by again – always love it when you share your thoughts 🙂

  2. Great post, Pat.

    I’ve always been one to embrace change, but as you stated, it seems to be coming at a constant speed. This passed year was challenging. I couldn’t find a job, lost my condo, my mother, and I was almost homeless. Thank God I have a man that I love and who loves me. He’s a German citizen. Since neither one of us could get a job in the U.S., we decided to make a life for ourselves in Germany. He has a job here and it pays well. I am happy to be in Germany and making a life for myself. People need to go where there’s opportunity, and many have left the U.S. for that reason.

    The positive about all this change is that I have a home. A place I clean, a place where I make meals and a place where I sleep. Soon I’ll be able to look for work in Germany.

    The world has gotten a lot more frightening than it was when I was a kid. Increase in tornadoes, hurricanes, Tsunamis. It seems to me like someone’s trying to tell us something.

    Again, great post, and thanks for sharing. I love your statement, “And, if everything remained status quo, it would be impossible to digest the burrito I just ate.” Cute.

    Have a great weekend!

    • I certainly hear you Denise loud and clear and understand the changes you’ve had too — almost everyone I talk to have similar life-altering changes. It does make one start to wonder if there’s more going on than what we see. The spiritual circles say the universal energies are aligning and rising and the times we’re living in are exceptional. I guess we’re in it for the long ride and should just hold on tight when it gets rocky. One thing is constant though and that’s change so the craziness won’t last forever. What comes out on the other side is bound to be spectacular. 🙂

  3. Great post and I have been one of those people who has never like change that much even if I know that change isn’t always a bad thing and often after I have gone through the change I will realise I was worried and stressed over nothing…………..

    • I know Jo Anne a lot of us cringe when we know changes are coming especially in a job learning new systems and technology. Seems like you just get it down and things are running smoothly then they hit you with a new conversion. But those changes are part of the corporate world and working for someone else.

      What’s really hard are the changes that awaken something inside you that you’d rather not deal with, i.e. relationships, health, finances and they’re not changes one at a time over time. It’s like we’re being slammed. But you know, I think we’ll all be the better for it because we have to draw on something bigger than ourselves and one another.

      It’s like we can’t go it alone anymore. We need each other and maybe we’ll find love for each other again and a closeness – (sorry I got on my soapbox again – thank you for listening).

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