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Everything Changes
11/16/2020 2:10:10 AM by: C.L. Lawrence

        #3 in the thought from November 9, 2020, 9 Things to Remember When Going Through Tough Times” was Everything Changes. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Everything has a season, a time, a purpose, a beginning, an end. Everything changes. Nothing stayshe same. Day becomes night. Night becomes day. Seasons change. Young become old. Change is the inevitable one constant in the evolution of life. (Excerpt from “Just Thinking,” 11.09.2020)

That’s a fact, so why do we become unglued when facing change? Why don’t we just accept change and roll with it?

        Change is threatening. It evokes fear. One natural response to feeling threatened is to fight. Self-preservation. Going into fight mode isn’t just about saving our life, but protecting ideologies, preserving traditions, maintaining a belief or status-quo. Not the least of concerns is protecting who we perceive ourselves to be. Fighting to save the ego, which is always at stake.  

  • If this changes, I will lose …
  • If this changes, suppose I can’t learn the new way of …
  • If new people come, they’ll change things, then what will happen to me?
  • This has been working for years, why change it?

        The list is endless. When thinking about change, the first thing that needs to happen is to exchange the word “If” with “When.” Things are going to change no matter how much you fight, protest, cuss, bribe, whine, manipulate, … It just is.

        Resisting change doesn’t always present itself with overt behavior or loud, angry protests. Sometimes it’s subtle, as in the scenario in which I found myself myself recently.

        The new marketing campaigns and online teaching videos have a new style. They’re much shorter, animated, cartoons and scribbling. Lots of new software available to help so I decided to have a look. I chose one of the teachers on YouTube whom I much respect because I heard the work had been redone to reflect the new marketing approach. I looked at four videos and quickly concluded, “There’s no way I will allow my work to be presented like that. My work is not a joke.”

        There was a cartoon hand scribbling, drawing pictures, lines, arrows, symbols everywhere. The screen looked like a hot mess and all together goofy. I was expecting Popeye and his gang to pop on the screen at any moment. I remarked, “How can anyone learn anything this way? The stuff is junkie and all over the place. Not for me.”

        I heard a little voice inside say, “Get a grip on your little self.” (That’s one of my lines to other people. LOL) What are you afraid of? I was afraid that the work in which I invested so much time and mental energy, its polished and professional image would be seen as a joke if I repackage it using the new tools. I was afraid that people would not take me seriously if my videos had animated stick figures. I was afraid people would think I’d lost it. I was afraid that it would no longer reflect the image in which I see myself.

        I heard myself say the word “afraid” to many times. That was enough to make me stop and think. God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. My sound mind told me that millions of dollars and the best minds in the advertising industry have developed this new approach to meet the learning styles of the new generation. The choice is simple. Change or be stuck! 

        Faith and fear cannot occupy the same space. I have faith in who I am. I know beyond faith that God moves in me and through me. God would not present God’s self as a nut case so I relax from the struggle and release the fear.

        I’m excited about trying the new way of creating and presenting teaching videos. Worse case if I don’t like it, I’ll hit Delete. If I do like it, I’ll post the link in a blog so you can check it out.

        In the meantime, I’d love to meet you. Join my Facebook group, A Sip from THE WELL the place where Spiritual Thinkers gather. Also, join me for Tuesday Talks on Zoom.

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Midge From Piscataway At 11/16/2020 5:04:45 AM

Hey I was Just Thinking about this yesterday that everything changes and nothing stays the same. I am grateful and prayerful that it does. It’s call LIFE. Miss you

 

 


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