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The Winds of Change

March 9, 2013


The_oak_and_the_Reed_by_Achille_Michallon Achille Etna Michallon

“An oak and a reed were arguing about their strength. When a strong wind came up the reed avoided being uprooted by bending and leaning with the gusts of wind. But the oak stood firm and was torn up by the roots.”  – Aesop

Life is about change, about movement. But we humans are creatures of habit and resist any challenge to the status quo. We feel safe in our comfort zone and refuse to change a habit or situation.

We cling to bad relationships, a lousy job, a home that was once a haven, but is now a burden, or a lifestyle that no longer fits our needs. We even refuse to change our bad habits, like drinking too much, abusing drugs, over spending, eating junk food, or smoking. We hold on to things out of the fear of the unknown, but our stubborn nature can get us in trouble.

When we ignore the facts of our situation, we’re fighting against the winds of change and we end up like the oak tree.

Change can make or break us. Being flexible and adaptable helps us survive and thrive. When we’re rigid and unmoving we perish. It’s evolution.

The winds of change can take us to new places and help us discover our hidden courage and talents. Changes in our lives that may at first seem like a threat, offer new possibilities and are opportunities for us to move on and grow beyond our self-imposed limits.

Life happens outside our comfort zone. It can be scary, but it’s worth it!

Sometimes it’s best just to let go of something and get caught up in the breeze.

“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. The answer is blowin’ in the wind”  – Bob Dylan

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