Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Acceptance Of “Change”.....

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Without any previous intent, I realize that this particular article may feel more like a sequel to the previous one I wrote, which revolved around the topic of “Death!”  The reason, I believe, is that both “Change” and “Death” are the only two permanent factors of life that are very hard for us humans to accept or fathom as to why they happen.  However, if we were to take a step back and view both of them more objectively, we’d start to notice things that we didn’t before.  For one, we’d see that both “Change” and “Death” are the catalysts that keep the continuous flow of life functioning smoothly, while also serving to guide the trajectory of human destiny.  “Change” itself is the key driver that has helped shape the World at different points in time.  In fact, even in our own lives, “Change” has and will continue to have a profound influence in shaping who we are and who we will eventually become.  But despite the long term benefits that it gives to us, we still tend to view it as a negative occurrence.  Though we may feel justified to think so, we could do with analyzing “Change” a bit more, in order to fully understand whether it is a “negative” factor or not.   
  
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“Change” can arise and affect us in two ways - “Temporarily” and “Permanently”.  For the former, “Change” acts as a teacher and may take away something or someone from our life not with the intent to punish us but to make us grow as people through a change in attitude and an awakening to what is really important. At the completion of this lesson, we usually find that the object our affection is returned to us but with a difference.  That difference is the greater sense of value that we are able to perceive and greatly appreciate based on the lessons “Change” has taught to us. Similarly, “Change” also has a “Permanent” influence over us, which may be related to someone’s passing or the change in fortunes of the society that we live in.  This type of “Change” appears to be harsher and can at times lead to supposed negative consequences.  However, the lesson that “Change” hands us here is to know how we can and need to depend on ourselves even more as our support systems have been taken away.  This lesson gives us the power to strengthen our character, sharpen our awareness and transform our spirit from being weak to becoming indestructible

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To grasp the true intention “Change” has for us, would be best illustrated as an analogy where “Change” is the chisel and hammer in the hands of a master craftsman, who shapes and transforms us from a block of rough stone into a mesmerizing masterpiece.  However, if we resist or fall prey to believing that nothing good can come from “Change”, we would be like a stone block that has internal cracks.  Once the chisel and hammer touch those points, that part would break away and diminish our chance of becoming a work of art.  Eventually, the remaining portions would start to crumble to dust and fade away, thereby leaving nothing to stand as a testament to our legacy for succeeding generations.

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From a broader perspective, another analogy that beautifully highlights why “Change” is so important for life itself is mentioned in the book Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.  Imagine that all life on Earth is like a river that follows from the mountains, through various valleys and finally to the sea.  The key force that keeps that river moving is the “Current” that flows within it, aided by the Earth’s gravity.  Now suppose that the river’s “Current” were to be taken away, then what you would be left with would be a stagnant body of water that over time grows stale, has all sorts of debris and carcasses in it and becomes the perfect breeding ground for disease that will eventually poison the whole area.  The river’s current prevents this from happening and keeps the waters fresh and allows life to flourish and grow abundantly.  In the same way, the “Change” factor in our lives and in the World is what allows all of us to reach our zenith and prevents any possible regression or eternal decay from occurring.

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However, I know that being open to “Change” is not easy from any angle or predicament.  But if we train ourselves to use it in our favour, it will be like harnessing the power of the wind under our wings, which pushes us onward towards the Promised Land of true happiness and joy.  The key is to have faith whether what may be occurring is “Temporary” or “Permanent”, “Positive” or “Negative”.  For do remember that “Life” can be far more beautiful, if we truly learn “the art of accepting change and all that it brings!” Next Take please!

3 comments:

  1. Hey roh. Interesting, but the writing is a little hard to decipher. I was curious about the relationship of the photographs to text, there seems to be a very direct one here?

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  2. Changes are important. And yet we are so very often reluctant to changes. But as you say, it is important to stay open to whatever change may come or we even can initiate ourselves. Thank you for a very interesting post. With that note I wish you a Merry Christmas!

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  3. If one is open to change, half the battle is won :) Very well written Rohan and well researched as well.

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