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“The only thing constant is change” ~Heraclites


One of the great ironies of life is that as we mature, most of us get into patterns and resist change. The irony is that everything changes. The older we get, the more difficult it is to adapt to change, and yet the more obvious it should be that the world is changing around us. If anything we should be more less resistant, not more!

In the 3rd edition of Alcoholics Anonymous there is a quote on page 449 that says “Acceptance is the answer to all of my problems…” There is no denying that when it comes to change, acceptance really is the best way to deal with it.

So, during my spiritual journey, I accepted change, then resisted change, and now hope to be a positive instrument of change. An old joke illustrates this. It goes something like this:

“There are three kinds of people in this world –

  1. People who make things change.

  2. People who watch things change.

  3. People who wonder what changed.

While humorous, it does illustrate my point. We can bring about positive change through our actions, or we can complain about the changes and accept them, or we can go through life oblivious to what is going on around us.

So, the next time you start to feel bad about the changes in your world, consider how you can help make changes for the better. All of us have a small “sphere of influence” where we can make a difference. Can you think of a place where you can begin to make a difference? Which of the three types of people do you choose to be? Either way, just remember… love it or hate it, Heraclites was right - “The only thing constant is change”.

Have a great day!