Monday, December 05, 2005

Change should add vigor, not fear, to your life

There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some reader's hand in the margin are more interesting that the text. The world is one of these books.
- George Santayana, philosopher (1863-1952)

Everywhere in the world people carry on with their daily activities in a routine way. Most of these activities are very similar to what others in other parts of the world are doing on the same day.

However, sometimes things happen that are different. What is different may be treasured not because of its novelty but because it shows us that the world is not about routine.

Routine is what drives us into a rut, which is effectively a regression of life. Life cannot stand still in an active world. It must move forward or slide backward. The status quo is a backward slide.

While we may doubt that "progress" is indeed a move forward, history suggests that all forms of change ultimately involve a move forward. All major events affect the future in some positive way, even if they seem negative at the time they happen.

Embrace what is different in your day and in your life. It may mean the difference between an exciting time of life in your old age instead of a time of fear and regression.

Life is about change, so don't try to make everything the way it used to be. The way things used to be were never as good as we remember tham to be anyway.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help everyone find change to be exciting, not something to fear.
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