Change. Why is it so hard? And yet so necessary. Even the tiniest tweak in our daily schedule can throw us into a tail spin. Let’s face it we get comfortable and secure knowing that the same things are going to happen in our days. There is a sense of security in routine. On one hand we crave it and on the other we despise it, but which do we want more?
I realize when I do the same things the same way for so long, how can I possibly be surprised when I get the same results? If I go to the gym each day and do the same thing, the results will be the same. If I eat the same foods, do my work the same way, the needle doesn’t move. The reality is that in order to see new results, I need to break out of the pattern and habits that I have created.
The process isn’t easy but necessary to stretch, to grow or even to bend a little. None are comfortable but that discomfort pushes us, stresses our routines and gets us out of our daily comfort zone. The smallest tweak can begin to make a difference. Let’s face it we are all creatures of habit but breaking some of those patterns feels like a fresh start towards a new world.
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Yesterday was the first day of fall. In LA, we had an unusual crisp, 75 degree September day with big puffy clouds and the tiniest hint that perhaps Mother nature was up to something. As I drove home from my son’s high school football game, I felt joyful. Let me be clear, it wasn’t the score of the game that put me in the mood, but rather the feeling that change was in the air.
There is something that happens with change, it brings little pieces of hope and inspiration. As I sat in crazy 5 o’clock LA traffic, with the sun roof open, I had my first glimpse of fall.
No, it wasn’t a tree with turning leaves, but rather a women whose car was broken down. She had a look of fear and panic on her face and then something magical happened….two separate men parked their cars and rushed out to push the women and her broken car through crazy rush hour traffic.
Perhaps, an everyday occurrence…..but to witness chivalry, kindness and compassion, to this Angeleno, the first and best sign of fall…..and the feeling that change and hope was in the air.
“Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.”
Pauline R. Kezer
Change, something that is inevitable. Some of us thrive on it and others are terrified but regardless of your feelings, it is a fact of life. The one constant we can count on and that is change.
I fall somewhere in the middle on the topic. There are some things that would devastate me if they ever changed (Reeses Peanut Butter Cups come to mind) and other things like moving furniture that exhilarate me. Change is growth, whether you run towards it or away from it, you will grow from it.
Back in January, I made a New Year’s Resolution to you, with plans to update my web-site. I have been working hard the past few months to keep my promise. So come Monday, April 29th Charity Matters will launch our new web-site.
My hope is that this facelift gives you the same great content, inspiration and excitement with a fresh new look. Thank you for growing with me on this journey.