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September 19, 2016

Today it came to me that the real reason people aren’t making the world a better place is because they are too lost in keeping their own vision of the world “the same” as it is. But what exactly is keeping things the same? Is keeping things the same, the same as developing a routine that works? Can any routine truly stay the same? The mere passing of time brings change, which is to say adding time to something adds age which is a change from one moment to the next. I think so much time and energy goes into making sure things stay the way they are because believing things to be the same is easier than constantly finding out how things are different.

But why is change so hard? From the time we are born, who we are is constantly changing. It appears that nothing stays the same. If that truly is the case, why do we fight so hard to keep things the way they are? By fighting we are, ourselves, making the change that we are trying so hard to avoid. Perhaps change is only difficult because we make it difficult in our resistance to it.

Wouldn’t it be easier to go with the unavoidable flow of change rather than to build a dam to stem the inevitable? Even the strongest of dams wear down over time and require maintenance and upkeep to keep resisting against the flow. Just as change occurs when a small crack develops in the base of the dam, so does change occur when that crack is filled in to maintain the integrity of the structure.

If we took our time maintaining the integrity of ourselves (the dam) by looking into what has changed, change wouldn’t be quite so difficult to process. Perhaps the true reason that change is difficult is that one never fully investigates and calls into question the changes that have occurred. This leaves much doubt and uncertainty swirling around something that has already happened. Doubt and uncertainty would make anyone uncomfortable. Taking time to question and answer those doubts lessens the uneasiness around change.

I believe our misguided attempts to create routines are a simplistic plan of attach on how to avoid change. The routines create a structure that was made not to change and the lack of change breeds stability, which so much of us seek. But what never happens is changes to the routines based on changes that have already occurred. If these don’t happen eventually the routine becomes archaic and unable to keep up with the needs of the individual.

I believe the whole point of my post is to say that change is inevitable. Rather than avoiding it, I recommend recognizing it for what it is – a constant variable. One that needs to be paid attention to before too much change occurs and drastic actions have to be taken to compensate.