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The secret of change

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” -Socrates

We are in a turbulent sea of change. No ifs, no buts about it. Change came, went, and came back for more. Change cane hungry, even ravenous. There’s no stopping it. If you are caught up in a riptide, you are not to swim against the current. You are supposed to keep your head above the water and take slow, deep breaths. You are to swim parallel to the shore until things improve. The same can be somewhat said of change.

Again, we are caught up in a turbulent sea of change. Don’t try to fight the current. As Socrates noted in the midst of change you need to focus your energy on building the new and not fighting the old. You don’t necessarily need to embrace the change but fighting for what was won’t keep you from drowning.

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  1. For me accepting the nature of transience has always been a struggle having been conditioned into believing in duality. Accepting change is constant always seems to have that hint of resistance. Thanks for this post.

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  2. Some change is unwanted, some necessary. This has been a year like no other in my life, and being chronically ill and disabled doesn’t make it any easier.

    The only thing that has helped is that I long ago made peace with having a tiny life – you can’t stay furious for thirty years and get anything done. So this is tinier than I moved to California for, but I’m spared some of the angst of the newly wing-clipped.

    And I’m trying to find ways to USE the time; the novel I’m working on, the middle one in a mainstream trilogy, is moving faster than before. It is still as much work, or even more, but a little progress every day, or every other day, or every third day is still progress. The scenes are getting finished, I love where the story is going, regardless of how much pain the characters will go through. It is necessary pain.

    On bad days, I can use my mood from real life to make the writing stronger, more intense.

    We really only have one way out: forward.

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