Change is stressful, full stop. Even positive changes in our lives can bring anxiety and stress, and yet, change is unavoidable. Change surrounds us particularly at this time of the year when the air cools and colorful leaves fall from trees. Change envelopes us as the earth travels and day becomes night. Just one look in the mirror reminds me of how much I have changed. Those gray hairs are testimony to the passage of time.
During the pandemic our daily lives changed suddenly and dramatically, and as a people we have now shared a traumatic experience. Behind the disruption of our lives is the new awareness of just how fragile our supply chains, our government and our existence truly are. It’s not exactly an awareness any of us wanted to gain. It’s stressful to know that human life on this planet can be threatened by a resilient germ, and yet, we have adapted to this reality. Face masks, online meetings, booster shots have all become normal everyday occurrences.
Does change exist in the world to prevent us from becoming too comfortable in the status quo? After all we can be creatures of habit and lovers of routine, but we can also stagnate in old ways of thinking. Letting go of the familiar can be frightening, but growth demands we open ourselves to change as we push beyond the confines of our fears and seek the light of new truths.