I have experienced more major life changes in the past two years than I ever thought I would be willing to undertake. The details of these changes are less important than how this period of concentrated change triggered an internal transformation process along my self-development journey. I am grateful for the resilience that has been passed down through my familial influences.
Locations, jobs, relationships, responsibilities, circumstances and plans change. Change is The Universe giving me exactly what I need, when I need it, as part of my life experience whether I like it or not. At any age or stage, being willing to embrace the self-realizations that come with life changes is key for me to advance to the next experience. To resist change is to resist The Universe.
My attitude towards change has shifted. I have come to realize that changes in life, work and relationships do not define me. I define me throughout any change process – with the aim of becoming a better version of myself because of it. To be better, I must be willing to look inward and understand how I manifested the change that I am going through – otherwise it would not be happening. The beauty of any major life change lies in the opportunity for me to evolve soulfully within it. Change can reveal and build character. Yet, strength and depth of character result from a conscious willingness to change.
Change is a chance
Whether it feels great or gut wrenching, freeing or frightening, breathtaking or brutal – change is a chance to reset, to make different choices and to learn more about the scope of possibilities.
The butterfly is a universal symbol of beauty and transformation. Like the symbolic butterfly, there is inherent beauty in being willing to take chances and to proactively transform along a personal development path. Determination, faith and accountability carry us forward, sustaining us when plans go awry – and a new change process begins again.
If you are reading this, you are more than likely experiencing some degree of change in your life. How are you treating yourself in the process? Are you embracing the internal transformation that external change offers? What are you resisting? What adjustments do you need to make so that change changes you for the better?
Note: this blog was originally published April 2012