People really dislike three things: death, taxes and change.
As an attorney I often help clients with their planning to deal with these first two taxes and death. I have found however that often to accomplish these you also have to realize you may need to accept change.
I recently took out a book I had read a few years ago. It was a book published by Spencer Johnson M.D. originally in 1998 entitled, “Who Moved My Cheese?” I thought of it because I was trying to determined how I could make a New Years resolution embracing change in my life. The book is about how to deal with change in your work and in your life. I recommend it to anyone.
Simply, the book tells a story of two mice named Sniff and Scurry and two little people named Hem and Haw. They have to struggle with how to handle change in their life. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want in your life, whether it is a good job, loving relationship, money, possession, health or spiritual peace of mind.
The characters face unexpected change. Eventually, one deals with it successfully and they come to see the “handwriting” on the wall. How we deal with change in our lives may even determine how long we live. Some studies have shown that people who resist change have a higher incidence of certian illness. The “handwriting on the wall” that is discussed in the book is condensed in the following points we should all accept:
Adapt to change quickly.
Be ready to quickly change again and again.
I have decided one of my personal New Years resolutions regarding change is that I will be more open to change. I know it will help keep me fresh, aware, alive, open and happier. It will also help to keep me out of a rut. I strongly believe that these are thoughts we could all benefit from adopting.
From now on in our lives we should celebrate uncertainty and embrace change!
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