Can You Change, Do You Want To?

Where do you register on the change-meter? Can you accept change¦ do you willingly make changes in your life, your job, your home, your lifestyle? How about when you get a new gadget and you have to learn how to use it. Or when a life-long dream crashes before your eyes. Like it or not, the world around you is ever changing.

How do you handle it? Do you deny it? Or do you find a way to work through it, some of you may even embrace change.

Charles Darwin said, "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."

Who do you agree with?

Mahatma Gandhi said, "You must be the change you want to see"

Singer-songwriter, John Mayer, says he is "Waitin' on the World to Change."

Or Romantic, Eric Clapton, "If I could change the world, I would be the sunlight in your universe."

Personally, I love change, I love to see changes in people, in the world and I encourage you to dive into a life of accepting change and making change.

I can't believe it was 37 years ago, I ws a big fan of Alvin Toffler's book, Future Shock. Mr Toffler and his wife Heidi, scientifically researched and clarified the human experience of change from the beginning of human life to modern times. They predicted, now this is very important to understand, that the accelerated rate of changes happening in our lifetime are quickly surpassing our abilities to handle them.

To prepare for "Future Shock," we need to be aware of our habitual and cultural patterns and be open to blending them into a continuously changing environment.

Think about it: Our grandparents, within their 90 years of life, lived the same kind of life their parents lived: same town, same job, and the same family structure. My parents followed most of those patterns but went to college and moved away from their hometown, a lot for their 80+ years. My 58-year life began huddled around a family radio and has moved through color TV into computers, internet, ipods and a space station, and I have a good 30 more years left, if not, well who knows with anti aging and research, we can barely imagine what's next. How many jobs have you had, are they in the same field, or have you changed according to your desires and the available opportunities.

How often have you changed your point of view when you realized it was simply embedded in an old pattern that now longer made sense? Have you adapted any new philosophies for living, lately? I'm sure you have.

According to the Tofflers, our human History has gone through three major changes . The first one, nearly 10,000 years ago, brought us out of our nomadic hunter gatherer era. When I imagine one day, a woman defiantly stood up while picking her berries, and said hey look, I'm gonna plant this seed and stay right here.

Ten thousand years of farming and land ownership followed. Small farms led to large farms and in the 18th century a second wave of industrialization and mass production evolved. Our parents left the farm for the factories. There they could earn money to buy the things they no longer had to make for themselves

Of course only 200 years later we entered the third great change, the age of technology with its computers and internet. The "information age" is upon us. With information at our fingertips we exchange production and consumption on the WWW. We can learn for free how to repair our own faucets, improve our health, even find and offer free "things" to each other.

No wonder our educational system is in a quandary, how do we teach our children to prepare for jobs and lifestyles that haven't yet been created? Don't get me started. We teach them to be creative, to think creatively, to be flexible, we teach them about change.

Check with any high school student, I'm sure she'll agree with the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, who said, There is nothing permanent except change.

This doesn't have to be difficult, folks. Be warmed by the words of John Welwood, "The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique: a change of heart."

Change is different for each of us. Some people change when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.

A little story about my ride on the change-meter: When I first heard the Serenity Prayer, as an invincible innocent teen, I rejected its concept. Give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.(what, I thought, I can change anything I want to) It goes on to ask for : the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Lucky for me, this prayer continued to haunt me into later life when I found the courage to change my mind.

Today I'd like to remind John Mayer and Eric Clapton, and you of the words of Leo Tolstoy. "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."

CHANGOMETER LEVELS:

100 Bring it on

90 I think I can

80 OK

70 Whatever

60 I'll try it just this once

50 I'll do it but I'm not gonna like it.

40 Only if I have to

30 Why Me?

20 I can't hear you

10 Over my dead body

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