I just love the word “ginormous”.
So I figured out a way to use it in a really long title today.
But, I digress.
What I’m really thinking about today is change. Some folks say that all change is good. Some of us greatly fear it. Most of us resist change.
I struggle to be at peace with it.
Regardless of how anyone feels about change or how hard we try to stop it, change happens.
And thank goodness for that. I, for one, am a big fan of the wheel, written language, electricity, air-conditioning, pre-stretched canvas, and that I don’t have to wear a corset or hoop-skirt. Cake mixes also.
Not everyone will agree on the cake mix thing, but they’ve never tried my scratch-made cakes. Nobody has. Because I’ve never made one. Honestly, I don’t even get the box mix thing. My grocery store’s bakery does an excellent job. Why strive to achieve out of my comfort zone?
But my Mom thought the boxed cake mix signaled the end of civilization as she knew it. She refused for the longest time to use one. She didn’t actually like to bake all that much though, so we just didn’t have cake.
My youngest child doesn’t even realize that there was a time before boxed cake mix…and can’t comprehend a time before electricity. The power went off the other day, and she just about lost it. Life was over as she knew it.
You can run from it, ignore it, and try to stop it.
You can yell at it and everyone who is trying to promote it.
It’s called history…and the future.
Instead of trying to stop that ginormous rock of change from rolling downhill – get out of its way, ’cause it’s not going to stop.
Take a picture of it if you need to . Then you’ll have something to look at and remember the time before the change. You might be shocked and a bit bewildered to find that you survived it and that the world did not end. You might even come to like it (or at least tolerate it).
I don’t think that change, in itself, is either good or bad. It just is.
Change that benefits me, may not be so great for someone else. A change that you desperately hope for, may adversely affect others.
The Dark ages came and went. Yea for the Renaissance! World Wars – not so great. Peace – awesome! Lessons are learned. Newborns are amazing, but not forever (I like to sleep). Toddlers can be fun. Then they toddle on to the next stage and we are grateful and a bit sad. I grow older – and hopefully, wiser.
Perhaps one day, we will all become wiser. And, realize that fear and yelling and fighting do nothing to change things. The change is unaffected by our fear. That big ole’ rock keeps rolling.
Maybe love is the only answer. Love those who are fearing the changes. Love those who are hurt by the changes. Love those who are working hard to change things for the better. Love those for whom change is not coming fast enough.