Change in the Big Picture and the Close Up

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Why
do we resist change so strongly?

Challenging,
especially when it’s not initiated by you!

Healthy, even when it
directly concerns our mortality.

Attitude
determines how we deal with it.

Necessary
and inevitable, it allows –

Growth
– personal, organisational, societal.

Excellence
should be its aim.

Everything
changes in nature and we are part of nature so change should not come as a
surprise. Nor should we view it as a threat. Some change invokes death, perhaps
our own, and reminds us that there truly is no time to lose.

If
we’re procrastinating, why? Is it something that needs to go or simply a
necessary task that will be over more quickly if you just get on with it? Is
our anger about change or is it about fear? Change often reminds us that we’re
not in control and the loss of that façade can be profoundly alarming. But we
must always remember, that we never were in control. We were born without our
permission but we can live and die with our consent and insight.

Sometimes
in life we can advocate for the status quo if we genuinely believe the change
to be at odds with the best interests of all involved. And this part is
important – it’s not just about our own interests, it’s about everyone’s.
Whether it’s a job loss or retirement, moving house or a new development in our
area, the cycle of school terms or graduation from university, change will
come.

Growth,
preservation and decay are the natural cycle of all things. As February turns
into March in Adelaide, we’ll soon notice that the leaves on deciduous trees
and the grape vines that bring us food and wine across the state, are about to
die and fall to the ground. But we don’t lament their loss. We know that the
leaf has had its day, and that it’s necessary for the plant, and that within 6
months new growth will emerge once again.

So
it for us: if we lose our job, a new one will come. If a change happens at work
some things will fall away and others will rise to take their place. If we lose
something in our personal lives – perhaps our physical capacity or a possession
– we will gain something too. Perhaps we will gain perspective and appreciation
for what we have.

I’ve
been made redundant, twice, and I’ve had my life repeatedly turned upside down
by physical incapacity, my own and that of my loved-ones. Sometimes what we
learn from change is that we have more courage and patience than we knew.
Sometimes we learn that we have more love and support in our lives than we
realised. And if we don’t see that in our lives, then maybe now is the timely
opportunity to begin to create it.

Even
the ultimate loss means a space for new humanity to emerge. It has only been
through change that we, the human race, have become more connected, more equal
and healthier than ever before. We still have a way to go, but change with
acceptance, fairness, and tolerance, can bring global equality and peace.

 ©
Palitja Moore, text and image, 2016

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