I believe that most of us enjoy some change in our life. We may long to sip mai-tais on some beach in the Caribbean, to have better health insurance or land that dream job we’ve always wanted. But what about when unexpected, unwanted change comes along? Perhaps a company merger, a break-up, or loss of income? Situations like these can cause great anxiety and in turn physical maladies. It’s hard to not worry about these things but what can we gain by worrying and at times obsessing over these matters? Nothing. Except maybe a stomach ulcer.
One thing to remember is that as humans, we have the ability to adapt. If a person lives in Florida but moves to Seattle to pursue their dream job, they have to adapt to a new climate. If a single person who has lived on their own for many years suddenly finds the love of their life and marries, they have to adapt to living and sharing with another person. If we have the ability to adapt to wanted changes, then we have the ability to adapt to the unwanted ones. If we are suddenly diagnosed with a disorder, we have to adapt to taking medication. I know, it’s easier said than done, but the point is, it can be done.
What if you’ve tried to adapt to your situation but you just can’t do it? Well, you’re in luck. You can change it. That’s right, change it! Did you try working under new management for several months but find that you are still unhappy? Then dust off your resumé and apply for a new job. Did you try taking medication for your disorder but find that after several months you feel terrible? Try a new regimen. When something doesn’t work out you have the choice to adapt to your new circumstance or change it.
So remember, in life, a change is inevitably going to come. It is up to you how you deal with it.
Please feel free to share how you have overcome a struggle in your life. It just may help another reader to overcome theirs 🙂
♫ There have been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will ♫
Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come (Lyrics)
“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Viktor E. Frankl