Change Happens

detourSome people thrive on change but most of us, especially the fixed astrological signs, Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio and Taurus, the last being my sun sign, are not too sure about modifications to what was working just fine, thank you very much. All humans, though, are born, we live and we die. Our children grow up and move on with their lives. We can lose our jobs in America with only an hour’s notice. Friends come and go and sometimes we separate from family members. There are painful losses due to disease, weather catastrophes and war. We can’t do much about the fact that life changes, but we don’t have to like it, right?

Life can be scary and depressing, unless we learn how to live with universal laws like, “When one door closes, another opens.” That precept never fails, but we must believe, know, it is true for it to ‘kick in.’ We’ve all heard, “Everything happens for a reason,” but when we’re mourning, we don’t care. We just want our loved one or our true treasures, like family photos, back. The second half of the ‘there’s a reason’ teaching is, “If you are patient, you will come to understand,” and, after a time, if we let go of the pain clouding our seeing, we do understand. Then there is the one I’ve struggled with: “Be thankful for what you do have, because the emotions of fear, anger and envy only make things worse.” Fear, anger and envy lead us away from gratitude, where the door to new possibilities exists. Can we all agree that universal laws are easy to speak, but tough to put into practice? Let’s try, anyway.

The most important universal law is that the Spirit of our Creator lives within us as our souls and is, therefore, always with us. If we are willing to admit we are seeing our situations through the eyes of upset, and that we do not know everything, we can put ourselves in a better state of mind. From there we can pray to the God we love, or ask our angels to guide us. We can find and attend a church we enjoy, or seek counseling. We can learn about education opportunities. We have to believe that we deserve, and that life offers, goodness.

This type of change is growth-producing but for most of us, it doesn’t come in a flash of insight, though I do know one man whose life changed that way. We live, we make our poor choices and learn, “Oops! That didn’t turn out very well. What can I do differently next time (or the time after that, or the time after that)?” In accepting the law that we create how we live and what happens to us through our emotion-packed thoughts and actions, the past is left in the past. In understanding that we can change how we live if we choose to do so, and that when we forgive ourselves and others, we leave the past in the past where it belongs.  We are renewed. We march forward, expecting all the good that life offers, which is simply waiting for us to open that door and walk through it.

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2 thoughts on “Change Happens

  1. well said, Pam. On a very mundane note, I have to nitpick about the “We can lose our jobs with only an hour’s notice” part. That’s certainly not universally true, as most countries in the world except the U.S. have labor laws that prevent employers from firing you on the spot like that. Sometimes there are things we can do in the earthly realm to make our life transitions a little more smooth and humane. Change is still good, necessary, and inevitable, but how we conduct ourselves individually and as a society through these changes seems to be the best measurement of our soul growth.

    • Hi Sven,

      I will add the U.S. to the ‘with an hour’s notice’ sentence. Thank you for pointing that out. When writing, I’m mostly thinking of America, and there is a great, big world out there that I often forget!

      I suppose the ‘with an hour’s notice,’ flowed into the piece because that has happened to me twice when companies I worked for were bought by other companies. And, because there aren’t laws protecting American workers from this, I’ll bet it has happened to hundreds of thousands of Americans in the last six years. It’s hard to be handed a box and hear, “Pack up and be out of the building by 1:30.”

      I love your sentence, “There are things we can do in the earthly realm to make our life transitions a little more smooth and humane.” That’s exactly the thing about change. We can live in a way that causes good-for-us things to happen; and we can also handle the difficult, and likely karmic, transitions when we get past the feelings of loss, anger, betrayal etc., knowing that ife marches on and we choose how we will go. 🙂

      Thanks, Sven, for adding your insights here. You are appreciated.

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