Managing Change

Whenever you look to make positive lifestyle changes you must first meet your own internal inertia. Once that is met you must manage the reactions of those around you to that change. Reactions come in many forms, but most reactions boil down to the invisible “pressure wave” that change sends out into the world you center.

This “pressure wave” is initially disruptive to the bonds between people, as intermolecular forces – i.e. attraction and repulsion – does between neighboring atoms, molecules or ions. When these bonds between people are influenced, the natural reflex is to react in some way to the perceived change.

When you change, those around you must adjust to it. Some may react favorably and actually make it easier for you to maintain your momentum, while others may oppose it (typically due to personal discomfort) and seek to derail your progress, either consciously or unconsciously. The point is that they will typically take note at some level of consciousness and begin their own adjustment process. In the process, they will either be attracted or repelled to you, by virtue of the way they choose to handle it.

At this point you need to hold steady and let the sorting out occur. Many a cycle of positive change has been aborted by reaction to these reactions, and managing your reaction to their reactions can require as much specific internal effort as making the change in the first place.

Your Soul

“The light of love, the purity of grace,
The mind, the Music breathing from her face,
The heart whose softness harmonised the whole —
And, oh! that eye was in itself a Soul!”
― George Gordon Byron

Rare in this world are those people who lay bare their soul before you. They have relinquished all pretense, all defense, all distraction. They have come before you as they are. These are the precious ones, the keepers.

Inspiring Encounters

My sons and I recently met an inspiring gentleman whose enthusiasm for life, passion for his work, and love of people was second to none. He had a knack for making the mundane magical, and for engaging hearts with a bright smile, generous words, and a twinkling eye…all within seconds. 

George (his name badge indicated) was a room service attendant at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, Florida. 

Thank you, George. You made our day. 

Contentment 

Contentment is the natural result of a fundamental centering in love and truth. The heart and mind of an individual thus oriented are in agreement as touching all matters of living; conspicuously absent are confusion, conflict, and insecurity. 

Contentment is the state of being in which one is happy with things as they now are. That said, one of the few constants in life is change, and in contentment is the understanding that things as they now are are not always as they will be.  Change is a graceful and fluid state in which one is at peace with, while being an agent of, eternal progress.