Be the change you want to see. This is a great concept but do we actually have the power and self-direction to go forth in the world and make change. Are we ready? And even more so, are we willing? And to change the world, we may well need to first change ourselves. Whether personal or professional, individual change involves humility and sacrifice. Not to mention, putting forth the effort to change oneself or to change the world always exacts a price. I’ve always loved the quote: “Real change happens when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing.” I’ve seen this quote accredited to Tony Robbins, Henry Cloud, and a host of other writers and inspirational speakers. So I think I’ll now take credit for it … since it’s not clear where the quote was initiated, but obviously they are all directly speaking about my life.
At this juncture of my life, I can look back and see it as a series of intentional deconstructions and reconstructions, or wildly abandoned demolitions followed by systematic rebuilding. I’ve had pretty much one season per decade, each representing an important turning point and significant growth. Each period of growth has launched me into a new season, an intellectually, emotionally and spiritually healthier season. If I am doing it right, trusting the growth, leaning into the change, then looking at my present after each transition, I should see more health. More wholeness. Isn’t that how it should work?