All things are subject to change; it's one of those universal truths that one finds across all cultures. But many of us don't like change. I know that I don't like change now, I never did.
My mother, however, used to always say that change was good. She welcomed change. She saw it as an opportunity, a chance for something new and different, perhaps improved and better. She chose to look for possibilities. I think my mother was a wise woman. And as her daughter, I feel that I, too, ought to search out the possibilities and see the good when changes take place.
For the past 10 years (!), I've participated in a forum that is going to close in a few days. For 10 years, this forum was a constant in my life, checking in on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day! As I went from being first a lurker on the forum, to a posting member, and finally, a moderator, I found a group of people who were kind, generous with their time and advice, supportive, funny, non-judgmental, and compassionate. For 10 years, we shared our organizing challenges, whether it was
dealing with clutter, that pile of papers stacked on our table, keeping
up with laundry, putting together a weekly meal plan, or finding balance
in our lives.
Over the years, we shared bits of ourselves and our lives. We shared both good news and bad, joys and frustrations, accomplishments and failures. We rejoiced over graduations, weddings, births, and job promotions; we prayed over ill health, difficulties with relationships, and job losses; we sorrowed when loved ones passed away. We cheered when we completed our daily to do lists, competed to see who could get rid of the most clutter, conferred honorary titles on each other, had friendly rivalries, and indulged in the occasional whine. I received my nickname of "Bless" through the forum.
Friendships were formed, even though most of us haven't actually met each other. Some of the ladies I met through the forum probably know more about me than some of my personal friends and family. They know how hard I paddle under the water in order to appear to be gliding effortlessly on the surface.
In a couple of days, the forum will close and we won't have that venue for interaction. We will definitely miss it and feel the change. It feels like we are saying goodbye to some of our good friends. Some of us will keep in touch through emails and social media. But it probably won't be the same as before.
Change is difficult. But, I am hearing my mother's voice, saying change is good. So, I will look forward, with hope, to the change and the new opportunities it might bring.
How about you? Do you like change? Do you see it as an opportunity for something new? Or do you tend to wish things could remain the same?