Friday, May 17, 2013

Change can be scary

"And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk to bloom." This quote by Anais Nin says so much. I don't know about you but I've experienced its reality more than once.

It's so easy to stay in a situation or relationship that's familiar, even if it's uncomfortable or even painful, because it's something we know. It's often pretty scary to venture out into unknown terrain. We stay tightly closed up and are afraid to open to something new. What if I don't like it? What if I fail? Just what will it be like? Will this turn out to be as bad as where I am now—or even worse? And what will I do then?

You and I have so many questions about the unknown. Change isn't easy.

Think about a time in your life when you were forced into some change. How did you handle it? Were you able, in time, to move on? Did it eventually have a good outcome? Did it lead to something life-giving and good?

I've been invited to be a pioneer for the website Happify, where I find daily activities and exercises that teach me life-changing habits and ways to savor my experiences. I'm enjoying my time on this website and find that it focuses me on the upside of my experiences. I'm cultivating happiness. A few days ago I was asked to think about the questions I raised for you above. It was a good exercise for me. I hope it is for you, too.

I'd love it if you are willing to share in the comment box below about a change you faced that turned into something good.

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