#2: Change happens whether we like it or not

Autumn provides visible evidence of the process of change. Nature’s continuous motion serves as a memory jog for us, reminding us that change happens and is in fact, necessary.

Autumn Sunset Inspirational Life Lessons, Cotswold, England

Cotswolds, England – Photo Credit: Nissy Sombatruang

 

In 2015, we woke up one morning to an announcement that one of the world’s most valuable companies (Google) had decided to restructure and change its name to…wait for it…Alphabet!!? Although we didn’t think it was a brilliant name choice, Wall Street clearly thought otherwise (shares jumped by 5.8% after the announcement). Hear co-founder Larry Page,We’ve long believed that over time companies tend to get comfortable doing the same thing, just making incremental changes. But in the tech industry, revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas; you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant“. If Google, like Mother Nature, can change and remain successful, we can too.

This year we’ve experienced both positive and negative aspects of change. Some of it was planned and prepared for. Others (see point #5 below) were completely beyond our control. Each time we faced change (planned or unplanned), hindsight showed that our biggest fear was the perceived threat to our ‘comfort zone’. We found that we were reluctant to take risks for fear of ‘losing control’.

A ship is safe in harbour…but that’s not what ships are made for – William Shedd Click To Tweet

Liz Carlson of Young Adventurer writes: “We like what we know. We like routine. We like familiarity. It’s the new things, the future, the sphere of the unknown that is truly scary because, by its very nature, we don’t know what’s going to happen – it’s unpredictable; it’s uncontrollable. It could easily blow up in your face, or it could be a great success.

Autumn Sunset Inspirational Life Lessons, Cotswolds, England

Cotswolds, England – Photo Credit: Nissy Sombatruang

 

In 2015, Eulanda and I learned that there is no ‘perfect timing’ to do anything. There are only opportunities to take calculated risks. As in autumn so also it is in life, change happens. We are learning to embrace it and make the best of it. Standing still is not an option.

Liz Carlson has another brilliant quote. She says, “The truth is, the more open you are to change, the bigger the world becomes.

While the spectacular colour changes of autumn are beautiful to watch, there comes the inevitable falling of the leaves. Rather than fight this process, nature embraces it. Through our experiences, we’ve learned that change will happen regardless. By learning to embrace change and not fight it, we open ourselves to a new season in our lives.