Today: May 25, 2024

Embracing change with open arms, not reluctance

Chardoneé WrightStaff Writer

Change: a six-letter word that has so much power and meaning. Change is inevitable and sometimes the hardest change to adapt to is when you are forced to make a critical decision based off unexpected predicaments. Therefore, I believe we should all live in a spirit of expectation and not allow change to catch us off guard.
“Always expect the unexpected” is pretty cliché, but imperative. If we strive everyday to live in a spirit of expectation, change is expected. Yes, it is smart to plan out your days, weeks and months routinely, but leave some room for the unexpected; leave some room for the unpredictable.
Embrace change when it arises in your life and be strong and courageous in your decisions. Be smart in your choices. Whenever there is change, accountability and responsibility are the twin partners which accommodate this adjustment. You are accountable for how you handle change in your life. Whether positive or negative, you decide how you handle it.
Change can conquer you or you can conquer change. Don’t let it conquer you because you have the power to make the best out of every situation and see the light at the end of the tunnel. You must be responsible for every decision that you make. Isn’t that really what life boils down to in the long run? Your future is a combination of all the choices you presently make. Therefore, don’t just live life day in and day out wavering to and from.
Do a self-evaluation. Don’t like the current predicament that you are in? Change it. You have that power. Not pleased with any of your relationships or friendships? You can change it. Ask yourself whether you are benefiting from any relationship or friendship that you have with others. If you are not benefiting from them, why are you contributing to it? Why even entertain irrelevant people in your life? Any association with others is not all about what you can get from them, but you need to connect with people who are striving to go somewhere in life.
Soar with the eagles, don’t cluck with the chickens. Eagles soar above, chickens stay on the ground.
We will all experience different seasons in our lives that will test our character and strength. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, I believe God constantly tests us in order to strengthen our character, test our faith and try to help build up our perseverance. We need all three components to carry us through life. We are defined by our character. Faith gives us hope, and perseverance drives us to become steadfast in our goals.
Generally speaking, we can plan and map out the way we want our days and weeks to flow, and later get upset when things don’t go according to plan. Don’t get me wrong—it is great to strategically plan out your days, but always remember that everything is subject to change. That’s just life.
If we can accept the fact that change will occur and not run from it, it will make the road easier. Realize that change correlates with time. There is timing for everything. I don’t believe in coincidences; I believe everything happens for a reason. Whether that reason stems from a negative or positive personal decision, train yourself to see the good in every outcome. Even if it seems that there is no good that can come from a situation, there always is.
If we can only grasp onto the concept of time, we can stop entertaining the petty factors, and focus on what really matters. Time passes whether you like it or not. How you spend your time and who you spend your time with is essential. Time is the most precious gift you can give because you can never get that back. You can never rewind.
Therefore, be more careful of how you spend it, how you choose to live your days, and who you allow to contribute to your life.

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