Change. Change is the one guarantee in life that people can understand. Nothing lasts forever for better or worse. The world changes faster than anyone can imagine yet many refuse to accept change when it no longer suits their purposes. Change must either be accepted and anticipated or it will come unexpectedly and possibly bring someone to ruin. A positive, more realistic perspective on the concept of change may actually create the positive change one seeks in their daily life. There are numerous quotes from philosophers and other notable figures that can shed a light on the positive effects on change. This post will interpret 3 quotes I personally feel will hopefully help the reader accept change as a force for good in one’s life rather than a burden.
“Frightened of change? But what can exist without it?Marcus Aurelius
What’s closer to nature’s heart? Can you take a hot bath and
leave the firewood as it was? Eat food without transforming
it? Can any vital process take place without something being
Can’t you see? It’s just the same with you—and just as vital to nature.”
My interpretation of this quote by Marcus Aurelius is that change is inevitable. The futility is in fighting change. Maybe you don’t like the change. The change you’re dealing with currently may not benefit you. The fact remains that things will and always do change. Instead of trying to run away from this unfolding of events, it is best to accept it and possibly find a hidden advantage somewhere within that change. Nothing can happen without possibility of change. The sooner you can accept that, the easier it will be to find a way to adapt to it.
“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.“Lao Tzu
Bad things happen all the time. In fact, it almost seems like the negative is more common than the positive. A career change. Moving somewhere new. A falling out with someone you care about. These events will always be seen as uncomfortable and downright scary at first. Lao Tzu’s mindset in this brief sentence was that this could easily be an opportunity to change something in your life. It could become a way to put something terrible behind you and move on to bigger and better things. When one thing ends, another begins. Use it to help yourself. There’s no such thing as forever, so you have to try to see the good as well as the bad.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.“Lao Tzu
Humans often have this unique ability to limit ourselves to what we are at the current moment. We bring ourselves down by saying “I can’t stop doing this” or “I’ll never get to this position”. Lao Tzu tells us in this small sentence to let go of that mindset. Forget the mistakes you have made. Let go of the idea that you can’t do what you want or you can’t change your life. If you have the power to forgive yourself and do what is in the best interest of your future, you may very well see yourself go where you previously never thought possible. Don’t doubt yourself. Choose forgiveness and resilience instead and go forward with your goals. You only have one life to live. It is up to you to change it.
Change is something that we have no control over. The best thing any of us can do is accept this and see where it takes us. Life comes at you fast, but if you don’t react, it will leave you behind unapologetically. Whether you’re prepared or not will depend solely on your habits and character. What one does today can affect the results of the future. Understand that although you may not be able to control change, you can change your mindset to how you react to it. Sometimes, the only way to see light is within the darkness.