MINDFUL THOUGHTS ON MINDFUL MATTERS
by Coach Bill
by Coach Bill
Blog Post: Embrace the Change
2017, it’s just a number, right? Not really…2017 was another year in your life.
No matter what happened, we should be grateful that we had the opportunity to experience it. We shouldn’t have regrets because, at the very least, we learned something. If you look, I am sure there was plenty of good in 2017, in YOUR life. If you let go of the outside noise, the politics, the reports of terrible things happening around the world, the negativity the media bombards us with daily, you’ll probably see your year was generally pretty good, better for some, not so great for others, but we lived another year, another chapter of our life.
Think about where you were a year ago. In some ways, or many ways, your life has changed. Life is full of changes, nothing lasts forever. Without change we wouldn't be here today. Without change, there is no creativity, ingenuity, or progress, no growth, no birth. Without change, there is no life.
According to the teachings of the Buddha, life is comparable to a river. It is a progressive and successive series of different moments joining together to give the impression of one continuous flow. It moves from cause to cause, effect to effect, one point to another, one state of existence to another, giving an outward impression that it is one continuous and unified movement, where, in reality it is not. You may look at the river year after year and think it’s the same, but it’s not. The river of yesterday is different from the river of today. The river of this moment is not going to be the same as the river of the next moment. So goes our life. It changes continuously, becomes something or the other, from moment to moment nothing stays the same.
Take for example the life of an individual. It is a fallacy to believe that a person would remain the same person during their entire life time. We change every moment. We live and die but for a moment, or we live and die moment by moment, as each moment leads to the next. A person is what he is in the context of the time in which he exists. It is an illusion to believe that the person you knew years ago is the same person you see now. It is illogical to think that the person whom you are seeing now is the exact same person you saw just a year ago. We are constantly changing, internally and externally.
You can resist all you want but it doesn’t change the fact that everything and everyone changes. You should embrace the change because it is necessary. This, above all other things, should move you to live in the moment, to love your neighbor, to offer forgiveness for past mistakes, and to show compassion for all life.
Stop wasting time waiting for change to hit you across the head, it's time to live! Embrace the change, act on it and look forward to what each day and every NEW YEAR has to offer. There are only so many left in each of our lives, so make it count, make a difference, don’t wait until it’s too late.
Be the change that you want to see happen in the world…THIS YEAR!