“The only thing that is constant is change. — Heraclitus
When I first read Heraclitus’s quote many moons ago, it took me a while to wrap my head around it and process it to its fullest extent. While I have a better understanding of the quote now, it takes a while to really digest and to live accordingly.
Change is constant. One minute you are reading this sentence. Now you are reading this one. As you go from sitting to standing, that’s change. After finishing a meal, there is change. Change is all around us, yet it also impacts us in moments that can change our life.
Some changes are positive, like getting a promotion or going on vacation. Other changes, can be more difficult like getting fired or dealing with an injury.
Every time there is change, it requires adjusting to our new situation or environment. In order to help ease the pain, learn how to deal with adjustment.
Being positive is easy when things are going well, but it’s even more important when things are tough. Most situations, even the difficult ones, have some hidden gems or silver lining. Look at the situation from multiple different perspectives and find the positive aspects. Optimism helps us become more resilient, happier, and creative.
Learn from your trials
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I highly recommend making small changes that create a better fit for your lifestyle. For example, some people find running to be their favorite form of exercise, while other people can’t get into it no matter how much they try. Life provides constant change, but we also need to be able to initiate change in order to improve our lives. Sometimes this requires stepping outside of our comfort zone and coming out stronger than you ever were before. Be willing to make adjustments to your situation to make it work best for your life.
Acknowledge that nothing is permanent
Sometimes, we just need to let things sit in our minds before we can really unwrap their meaning. Sometimes, giving things time does wonders as we look back and see it all come together. Remind yourself, during the good and bad, that nothing is permanent. Things are constantly changing, and if we remind ourselves of this truism, it makes us grateful for the good and resilient during the difficult.
I’m still not an expert when it comes to change, but it’s something that I am still learning, and growing from. And every time I learn and adapt, I am changing.