Seasons change. It’s a fact. Winter gives way to spring, spring to summer; summer to fall, and then we’re back to winter again.
The constancy of seasonal changes is comforting. We anticipate those changes and welcome each season for what it offers.
Yet life changes, whether small or major, bring stress and fear, and worry.
Same as seasons, life is not static, but a flow of change, never staying the same. It’s messy, chaotic, painful, sad, dirty, and never perfect.
Bad things happen. So do good things. It’s part of life’s cycle.
The sad truth is we cannot control every aspect of our lives any more than we can control the seasons.
We roll with the seasonal changes. Complain maybe but accept whatever weather dishes out. Why not flow with changes in life?
Reacting with anger and frustration only causes more stress when in the case of most life changes, we have no control. Change steals our peacefulness. But it doesn’t have to.
Flexibility allows us to adapt to new circumstances and keep our happiness steady. Not much we can do about the weather except adjust our clothing and our thermostat. Why not approach life changes with the same pliancy?
Here are three options to try when life changes are stressing you.
- Smile – Smile even if whatever change has thrown your way is not funny. You’ll find a certain amount of detachment which can lead to acceptance.
- Breathe – Breathing allows you to calm down and think more rationally.
- Pray or Meditate – It refocuses the mind.
Most important remember:
Change is the only constant in this world. Whatever the catastrophic or minor circumstance at the moment, that will change…eventually. Confucius said it best.