Learning to embrace change with open arms isn’t always easy. It’s human nature to want to hold on to what you have or stay in your current situation because it’s what you know. It’s where you’re comfortable. Change, on the other hand, is uncomfortable. Even scary at times.
As I write this, our daughter is sitting in the other room applying for a dorm room for her first year of college. I am very aware that our family life is going to look much different one year from now. We are going to have to learn to embrace change because our family dynamics are about to switch up on us.
Big sis won’t be living at home, full time, any more. Little brother is already making plans to create a “man cave” in her bedroom, but I know he’s really gonna miss her. By the way, the picture above is them. Last night, I noticed that he’s almost as tall as her!
In one year from now, I will have one child at home, not two. In one year from now, my daughter won’t need me on a daily basis. If I’m being honest, I would tell you that she already doesn’t need me every day. Does this make me sad? Maybe a little, but mostly proud. We, as a family, we will be just fine because we know how to adjust and embrace change.
Being organized and planning ahead for big life events like family vacations, college, retirement and even final wishes all prepares you and your family for almost anything life throws your way. Even if you aren’t looking forward to the change, at least you know exactly what to do when it happens because you have all your ducks in a row.
Being prepared can make a huge, positive impact on your level of stress when you are dealing with big life changes. If you are prepared, you are more likely to embrace your new reality. You won’t just accept the changes, you can embrace them with love and gratitude.
If the clothes hanging in your closet don’t fit anymore, get rid of them. Make room for the things that represent who you are right now. Trust me, who you are right now is exactly who you are supposed to be.
When you let go of old belongings, it not only opens up physical space, it opens up space in your heart and mind for new, exciting possibilities.
Author, Louise L. Hay suggests that when a negative thought drifts into your mind you can say, “Thank you for sharing” and then let that negative thought go. There’s no need to judge yourself or the thought you had about yourself. Simply acknowledging the negative thought and recognizing it as an “untruth” makes it easier to release it.
Personally, as I age I think my life gets better and I get better. I have always loved aging and I always embrace the new, older, wiser me. Love the person you are right now, and be excited to meet the person you’ll grown into.