By contributor Danee Riggs
Inside our bodies, the various systems know to do it. Outside, our skin cells know to do it. Every single thing in nature knows to do it. What am I talking about, you ask? CHANGE! As the days grow longer and the weather warms up (soon, my people on the East Coast, it’s comingJ )we know that there is nothing more natural than to expect these changes. So why do so many of us fight so hard against the inevitable, the changes that will happen in our lives? It seems that the human mind, no matter how natural the desire to grow, mature and think differently, often battles within itself to deflect, repel or at least postpone change.
When we find that we’ve gotten in to a rut or a mentally unhealthy routine, we need to reprogram our minds in order to keep from falling into depression or negative suggestion. We need a redo if we find that our eating habits are conducive to obesity, diabetes, or high cholesterol. For those who are believers, even our praise needs to be refreshed from time-to-time. In as many ways as we are blessed, we need to find a way to thank God for all that He has provided and even the things that He has kept us from.
Even as I am writing to you, I am reminding myself how easy it is to fall into a rhythm that feels normal in the beginning but ends up stunting growth. In every season, something happens in nature to signal that one has come to an end and another ready to begin. I won’t speak on the specifics of each because these you already know. But as for this new season opening up right before us, I could feel the change as if it showed up at midnight on March 20 (the official first day of Spring 2011). Many haven’t felt this change because the temperature hasn’t risen much, flowers have yet to bloom and we haven’t seen the mother bird nor her babies settle comfortably in their nests. Still for me, it’s the expectation of these things that create in me the feeling of change. I don’t have to see them to expect that, as they have since the dawn of my time, these changes are just around the corner. In nature, Spring brings growth and the birth of new things, the knowledge that life will not remain as it was. Stagnation is nowhere to be found as frozen rivers now flow, seeds send forth cotyledons to peek from underground and the sun shares its brilliant shine with us a few hours longer.
Can’t you feel it, maybe not in the air but in your mind? The expectation of change? Warmer weather, a new job, scented flowers, a healthier body, the birdsongs, the next level in a relationship? Of course some of the things I’ve mentioned, you also have to work for. They don’t just happen without planning and follow through. But at the end of the day, why work for something if you are not expecting a desired outcome? Change is inevitable. Why not expect that change to be major, awesome, overwhelming, amazing? Phil Collins wrote “I can feel it coming in the air tonight.” Tony from West Side Story sang, “The air is hummin’ and something great is coming.” I’ve never felt those sentiments, understood just what both of them meant, more than I do now. The season is changing. I expect that something great is coming and I hope that you do too. I for one cannot wait.
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