Monday, February 07, 2011


The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” ~ William Arthur Ward

I love nature and when the weather permits I am outside as much as possible. Out in the wild is the best classroom from which one can learn the best lessons about life.

One of my favorite observations is how living things grow and change. If something isn’t growing and changing, it is dead and decaying.

Life is like that. It is always changing as we grow. But I’ve noticed how we fight that change because it “isn’t how we’ve always done it.” We want to “set things in concrete.”

However, if we refuse to change, growth stops, life stops.

Think about the way life changes. We become adults, some graduate, most get jobs. Jobs change. We get laid off, we are promoted, we may be fired. Some get married, some divorce, some are widowed. We have children, our loving offspring become teenagers, grow into adults, make us grandparents. Some have accidents and are handicapped, others become caregivers, we buy homes, lose homes.

In all of this is change. We must modify our plan for life and adjust ourselves to the change and make it work for us. We are living and we can grow from change. If we stubbornly refuse and grow bitter, our lives will wilt.

If you are fighting life I encourage you to modify and adjust. Keep growing, keep living. Something beautiful can come from change!

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