Two Things To Know About Change
What does not change / is the will to change
– Charles Olson
I noticed, years ago, that most of the Buddhists I knew turned the notion of change into an absolute principle. “Don’t get too excited about anything, because it will fade away and disappear before you know it.” They had made it into a ‘thing’ called Impermanence with unspoken hints of nihilistic resignation; at least, that’s how it came across.
Then I thought of that well-known George Gershwin song:
“The way you hold your knife,
the way we danced ’til three,
The way you changed my life,
no, no, they can’t take that away from me.”
and remembered that although everything does indeed change, the impressions that each thing leaves can be very different.
Which brings me to the second thing to know about change, that Big, Life-changing, ‘rock you to your foundations’ change can be easy, long-lasting, and truly transformational,
Many people fear that such change is difficult, scary, hard to come by, and probably only effective for other people! But that’s simply not the case. Faith and doubt bear equal fruits. In other words, we fulfill our own expectations, whether we expect to or not! So when you set your expectations high and learn to get out of your own way you can’t not achieve them! .. like the little boy who dreamed of flying and grew up helping Wilbur Wright to invent airplanes.
Things to know about change:
Fast, long-lasting change is within your reach, and two things are necessary to achieve it; Here are the things to know about change:
- clarity to know where you want to go
- and the means to get you there i.e. the skills you need, and the people to support you, guide you, and hold you accountable to move through the obstacles you encounter on the way.
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June 24, 2013 @ 9:21 pm
Transformation is necessary for spiritual growth. Many people shy away from this kind of growth and prefer to stay within the confines of what is familiar to them. In the hero’s journey fear has the upper hand here. Others simply cannot ignore the persistent calling to “seek and ye shall receive”. Thank you for the reminder.
Mushim Patricia Ikeda
June 25, 2013 @ 8:45 am
I love everything about this! Thank you. I’m Buddhist, and my philosophy (and understanding) is exactly the opposite, in some ways — Get excited about this now because it will change, so hey, if you’ve got the most awesome blueberry sundae in front of you, scream for joy, take a photo, and dive right in! Eff nihilistic resignation — impermanence is wonderful. If one’s kid got stuck at age two and a half (almost psychotically, violently negative), and didn’t change into a typical three-year-old (individuated, calmer, more reasonable, delightful), imagine where we’d all be. And that song is one of my favorites. Thank you for reminding me!