All of us resist change. The question is only do we resist a little or a lot. Those who resist a little may complain, gripe and fuss for a while, but ultimately accept the inevitability of change. Those who resist a lot dig in their heels, and hold on to the way things have “always been” until they are dragged kicking and screaming into the future.
The thing is, it’s not as though we have much of a choice in the matter. Change happens. The world turns. Every decade or so, we have an entirely new body, made of entirely new cells than what we had before. The cells copy themselves, and after several decades of this process, we look in the mirror and notice that we have aged.
The cellular level turnover continues throughout our lives, with the copies of copies getting more and more glitchy until ultimately, we undergo the really big change of death.
We are really better described as a collection of multiple continuous processes, and these processes, all together, somehow possess a level of consciousness. So much for our resistance to change. Resistance really is futile. But wow. Think about it. A collection of dynamic processes. With conscious awareness. Consider that for a moment. How might looking at ourselves this way change how we look at the world? How might it ease our journey and help us accept the changes we resist?
Gandhi said that we should, “be the change we wish to see in the world.” This doesn’t mean living in a static state of perfect compassion and peace all the time. Such a state doesn’t exist. What it does mean is that we should continuously be moving toward a greater state of compassion, peace, love and all the good stuff we are capable of at our best (both individually and collectively). This is the work of a lifetime. It is never complete. Imagine that your spirit, like your body, renews itself every X years. Instead of the cellular changes that lead to aging, you experience spiritual changes that lead to inner growth.
When set against the backdrop of inner change (both cellular and spiritual), the changes we live with in the outer world seem like the natural state of things. And they are. In some ways, we can say that things are getting worse in the world. In other ways, things are getting better. Who can say what the verdict is overall?? What we can say is that the world, like our bodies and spirits, is in a state of constant change.
Change happens. It is the Nature of things large and small, global and personal.
Change simply is.
Rebecca Hecking writes from her home in northwest Pennsylvania, USA, where she is attempting to wait patiently for news of the fate of her second book proposal, which appears to be in a state of literary limbo. She breathes in, she breathes out. Ahhh…