Thursday, March 10, 2011
"I may be changed by what has happened to me, but I will not be diminished by it."
How many of us are comfortable with change? I'm not. I just got a new Iphone. I was a Blackberry girl. I loved that Blackberry. My poor phone was 2 years old, had survived multiple drops and even sat in an inch of water at the bottom of my purse once. It was time for a change.
My new phone is fast. It's sleek. It has amazing capabilities. When I think back to my younger years, I would've LOVED a phone like this. It holds a copy of my Itunes, takes clear pictures, allows me to search the internet, email friends, keep up on social networks, holds the LDS Hymn Book, scriptures, and has very cool apps. But it has been painful to learn all of these new things. I've been uncomfortable at times and know that my brain is rerouting information in a new way. Now I know how my students feel when they have to learn about subject-verb agreement or complex sentences. Ouch!
There was major change when I got divorced. There was more change when I got remarried. There is change in every new calling, change every year at work, and change in my body as it ages. There are changes (both positive and negative) in my children as they grow. I used to embrace change as a new, exciting path in life, until some of the changes really hurt. Now I am more careful. I look forward to some changes, but am hesitant to really embrace them.
Change is inevitable though, right?
I like the quote from Maya Angelou above. Changes will affect me, but I can choose to be diminished by them or not. It's up to me.
Copyright 2011 Corrina L. Terry
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