Change Is Inevitable. Growth is Optional.

We are more than mid-way through the last month of summer and the tinglings of fall are in the air. Change is on the way.

I don’t know about you, but it does not matter how long I’ve lived in Rochester (and, it’s been a long time!!), I still dread the thought of the end of summer! However, I know that no matter what I WANT, the reality is, fall WILL come, with winter following closely on its heels.

With all change in life, there is an ending and a beginning.

I am a movie fan and I just watched Avengers End Game for the 3rd time this weekend. Many of the scenes deal with loss, endings and new beginnings. It was almost as if I could literally feel the inner struggle of the characters aching for times past — yearning for things to remain as they were. Each had to make difficult decisions to let go and move forward into the unfamiliar, new normal. Each had a choice to grow.

I too have dealt with these feelings as our family had been in what seemed to be unending transition and change over these last 3 years. Longing for times past, yet dealing with a reality that change had come, not just in one, but several areas of our lives. It was now up to us to choose to remain in grief over what we felt we lost or choose to grow.

There is a wonderful little book entitled, Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson. This allegory is of 4 characters living in a “Maze” who face unexpected change when they discover their “Cheese” has disappeared. It is a simple, yet profound story regarding how we deal with change and how to move forward.

Each one of us is facing change in some way. Whether we have body aches we didn’t have before, the loss of a job, a new job, children leaving home, children being born, parents moving to nursing homes, or any of the many transitions that come with life…you name it. Take a few minutes to think about what is ending in your life. How are you dealing with it? Denial? Anger? Frustration? Acceptance?

I encourage you to read this short book if you can. Find out if you are more like Sniff, Scurry, Hem or Haw.

If you have read it before, pull it out, brush it off and read it again. Let’s renew our minds and re-empower ourselves to let go of the endings in a healthy way and embrace the new, because…

Change is inevitable! But, growth is optional.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11


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