I really like the way author Joan Chittister puts it in The Story of Ruth: Twelve Moments in Every Woman's Life: "Change and loss, it must be realized, are two different things. Loss takes something away from life. Change adds something to it.... Loss is not an option; it is a necessary and inevitable part of life. Change, on the other hand, is only a possibility. It can be resisted or embraced."
Last Friday I talked about the transformation that's offered when change occurs in life. I admit there are still times when certain changes strike fear into my heart. However, I can also say that, having experienced many changes over my lifetime so far and having survived them—even thrived because of rather than in spite of them—I resist change much less these days.
Not only do I resist it less, I actually embrace change more. I can see what wondrous transformation some of my life changes have brought to me—things I could never have imagined. As profoundly devastating and painful as my divorce was, I now know that I would never be who I am today without having experienced that. I learned to stand on my own feet, I learned so much about myself and life, and I have a rich and full life that I never dreamed possible. I learned to accept and embrace my gifts and talents—and I learned to claim and use them. And much more. My divorce was an incredible loss. But change was a possibility, and I was able to move into it.
Are you resisting some changes in your life? Can you imagine the possibilities offered if you move toward those changes? If you would like to explore the possibility, I invite you to contact me for a no-obligation, complimentary strategy session.