The New Year often brings about change. Last week we talked about resolutions, and how people either welcome them or shun the thought of them. I feel like the thought of change gets a similar reaction. Change usually happens in 1 of 2 ways. Either it’s a conscious decision (“This year I WILL lose weight/stop cussing/make it to work on time”), or something totally out of your control, like the loss of a job or loved one. While change is an idea that typically evokes a strong emotion, Ron Edmonson says that there are actually 7 common emotions to change:
Typically I tend to welcome change. Now, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t scare me, or cause me to create all kinds of crazy scenarios in my head that will probably never happen. But the thought of change doesn’t terrify me. Is that because I’m slightly ADD, and like a challenge? Maybe. I know it drives my husband crazy that I have a million different ideas everyday, and want to implement them immediately (usually without thinking it all the way through). But I would rather get out there and try something new than continue to do the same thing every day.
I think most people tend to be creatures of habit. I mean, don’t you typically go the same way to work everyday? And don’t you prefer to sit in a specific chair in the lunchroom/conference room/church service? Maybe you always deal cards counterclockwise, or you follow the same “getting ready” routine every morning. Why is that? Maybe it’s superstition, maybe it’s comfort, or maybe it’s actually fear of the unknown… “What if I go outside my norm and try something new and something bad happens?”
Like death and taxes, change is inevitable. It all depends on how you decide to respond to it that makes the difference. “You live and die on how you try” (yes, that’s an original Jeff Kahanek quote!)
Anyone who has ever been stuck in a rut fears change. Say what? Now, why would that be? You should welcome a change if you are in a rut! We all know people who are in a bad relationship, boring job, lackluster life. So why don’t they do something to change it? That’s hard to figure out. Those of us “no nonsense” people say “Gut it up! Find a new job! Quit that relationship! Volunteer! Travel!” But really, that’s not so easy. I have argued with a friend about her terrible choices in men, relatives who are in dead end jobs or are bored with the way their life is going. But what they fear most of all is CHANGE! Yes, I said it.
A weird analogy that my dad used to say was “Why do you keep banging your head against the wall? Because it feels so good when I quit.” Of course I didn’t understand it. Most of my life, actually. But it becomes clearer everyday. You keep doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Yes, the definition of insanity! My mom gave me courage–just watching her do the things she had to do when she married a career Navy man. I guess that is why I want to explore, try new things, go different places. And you can see that Allison is the same way. We are always thinking about new adventures!
So, people, even if it’s UNCOMFORTABLE, even if it makes you break into a SWEAT, dip your toe in the water and do some changing! Just a little variation in your routine will help you to realize that YOU CAN DO IT, TOO! Share in what what ways you are willing to make a change in 2019. We are rooting for you!
Essential Oil: To start off the new year I want to focus on the lesser known and under $50 essential oils. Kunzea is the first one! This woodsy scented oil is very popular with numerous essential oil companies. It is steam-distilled from the flowers and leaves of a plant native to Australia. Kunzea is great for soothing tired muscles and as a spot treatment for blemishes. Check this one out today!
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