July 28


Choose to Change

By Sue Ingebretson

July 28, 2015

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Choose to ChangeHave you ever been told that change is difficult? What about the fact that change happens whether you like it or not? Or, that you can’t plan for change because it’s not going to turn out right anyway? I bet you’ve heard these dubiously helpful comments before. If change truly is inevitable, hard, and subject to imperfection, then why make it tougher than it has to be? Perhaps it’s time to take a different look. 

Make peace with change.

Kick perfectionism to the curb.

– Unknown

I love quotes. Just flipping through my book, FibroWHYalgia confirms that fact in every chapter. I sprinkle motivational, inspirational, and educational quotes throughout.

Here’s a current favorite:

It’s not what happens

that determines the major part of your future.

What happens, happens to us all.

It’s what you do

about what happens that counts. – Jim Rohn.

Varieties of this quote exist from many past and present sources — from ancient philosopher Epictetus to speaker and clergyman, Chuck Swindoll. The point is, we all get to CHOOSE what we do with the information and experiences we’re given. The act of choosing is one of the main themes in my book.

I recall a women’s retreat I attended many years ago where attendees were instructed to write down the scariest times of our lives. We each listed tragedies such as illnesses, moves, job losses, divorce, etc. Then the speaker asked us to list the changes or shifts in our lives that stemmed from those “tragedies.”

We were all surprised to note that many, in fact a majority, of those changes provided positive results. Time and again, the changes we did not foresee (and would never have chosen) provided much-needed guidance toward a happier and healthier future.

Positive future change

comes from an uncertain present.

We often can’t see the path leading to change until we’re pressed breathlessly up against the fork in the road. Are there stresses, anxieties, or concerns over your present situation? Consider it an opportunity to widen your perspective. Comfort yourself with the knowledge that good does come from change (even though you may not be able to see it now). Have you also found this to be true?

Change is good.

Choosing to see it as a positive part of everyday life may be your first step toward a healthier future! 

Got anything to say? Share your views below!

  1. So right, Sue. Yes, looking back some of the toughest changes in my life did bring about in the end change for the better. Except I’m not sure how the Fibro has, except it certainly slowed me down. Which was probably needed but I wish it hadn’t been such an extreme.

    1. I definitely understand. The toughest changes have the most to teach us. But I, too, wish we could be nudged into new learnings rather than shoved!

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