Change, whether forced upon us or chosen, is necessary more often than not. The times we currently live in are both troublesome and magical from my eyes. We live in a time of economic and housing troubles, as well as an educational system that is in shambles…and to top all of that off it the last ten years has been full of war and natural disasters.
But hold on a minute, this is not and will not be a post about how horrible things are…that would be stupid. This is about how great things come from great hardship and how great things come from change, whether that change is brought on by force (natural disasters for example) or by choice (choosing to move across the country).
From my point of view, real change, and more often than not only drastic change, has a true and long lasting effect. As humans, we get so stuck in comfort zones that almost all change leaves us in some amount of discomfort; yet change is happening everyday and all the time.
This takes me back to my comment above, that I believe good change (and most innovation by the way) come from true hardship. Hardship pushes us outside of our comfort zones, it forces us to move, to zig, to think, to lean…rather than stand stagnant. If we could understand this, and embrace change, as well as the hardship that comes with it, we would have more contentment in life.
Most of us, myself included, normally go through a great amount of stress which leads to physical discomfort when going through “change”. So, if we could learn to look at hardship as a learning opportunity, as a change agent or as catalyst for growth, and not allow ourselves the chance for over stressing…we would be far better off.
A physical example of change where we stress out in the short term, but after it is said and done we are better off might be something like having to go in for surgery on something…there will be temporary stress, discomfort, and possibly pain but the net result is that we are better off. I understand this may not be the best example, but EVERY opportunity is a learning opportunity…good WILL come from a situation if YOU/ WE allow for it!
Shift your thinking a bit and view change as a door of opportunity, meet it head on and treat that change as the next adventure, the next chapter of your life which could lead to something more amazing than you had ever hoped for!! Cheers!