Friday, Oct 31, 2014
Opinion

Time changes everything


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Well it’s been several weeks since the time change and I’m still waking at 4 a.m. each day. I don’t actually get up because for goodness sakes, it’s only 4 a.m. While my mind knows this is way too early to get moving, my body wakes up ready to go because you can’t change your routine just because you moved a clock’s hands. Daylight savings time ought to be called springtime sleep deprivation because around our house this is what it amounts to.

Apparently my dingo dog is also still on regular time because by 4:30 a.m., she is no longer willing to wait any longer to go outside. She does not care what the clock says as her bladder knows what time it is. My dear husband has been very supportive through it all, actually being the one to run her out so I don’t have to get out of bed so darn early.

This is a good example of how change can be both good and bad. While I really enjoy the sun setting later, losing a couple of hours of sleep each morning is a pretty steep price to pay. Change is like this, providing both pros and cons to consider and sometimes also requiring a leap of faith too.

Quite a few members of the Harris & Co. crew are experiencing big changes in their lives right now. On the home front, we’ve pretty much adjusted to my new career and the household runs smoothly once again. Within our broader community, several friends are also in the adjustment phase of new careers, doing something completely different than they have for years. It is exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time.

That’s because change stretches us. New experiences and challenges cause us to think, act and behave differently. This can be frightening or cause stress since we don’t know how things are going to turn out. Sometimes the change isn’t something we even wanted but now we have to deal with it. There’s also quite a few in the crew dealing with this sort of change. Relationships end, people leave our workplaces, clubs disband or churches change staff and we feel a wide variety of emotions based on how it affects us personally.

With all the change in our lives, it’s good to know there is one thing that never changes. God is the same today as yesterday, regardless of how long ago yesterday you might be talking about. In a life of change, struggles, and trials, it’s good to know there is still someone you can always count on. When I reflect on all the changes I’ve experienced in my own life, I can’t image surviving some of it without my faith. For me that’s the buffer between bitterness, fear and regret.

If you are experiencing big changes in your own life, take some time to sort it all out. The worst thing you can do is be reactive. Sort through your emotions, consider your options, and most importantly, don’t make any changes you can’t undo until you’ve had plenty of time to carefully consider all the possible outcomes.

Change doesn’t have to be something to fear or simply endure. It can be the catalyst for amazing new beginnings and delightful experiences if approached with the right attitude and focus. Embrace change in your life with hope. Search out how it can help you grow. You may not be able to control what’s happening, but you can certainly control your response to it all. Calm your emotions and claim victory for a change.

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