In Times Of Change

“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”

-Warren Buffett

Change — even change we know is “for the best” — is not always easy.  We can look at a situation or circumstance and know that change is exactly what is necessary.  We can listen to our inner dialogue and sort through all the pros and cons of what the change will bring into our lives; and, more importantly, what it will take away.  We can rationalize, analyze, and dissect all the data that needs to be processed in connection with our changing circumstances.  And, still, the pain of letting go of the old and embracing what lies ahead remains.

It is easy to say that emotional pain is a wise teacher.  It is quite another to accept the lesson and move on with necessary change.

Photo by David Abernethy

Photo by David Abernethy

But experience is also a teacher; and it is, perhaps, the greatest teacher of all.  Experience teaches us that time does, in fact, heal all wounds, if we will allow the healing to occur.  The sun will come out tomorrow.  And each new day is a new opportunity to take the lessons we learned yesterday and use them to create our better tomorrows.

Keeping these truths in mind is how we manage to keep choosing happiness in times of change, especially when the change is bitter-sweet.

When we have been consistently practicing positive thinking, nurturing a gratitude attitude, and turning (time and time again) to the Faith that sustains us, we move through change with a greater sense of confidence and reassurance than we might have previously believed was possible.  That is one of the many gifts of the dark night of the soul.

We need only emerge into the light of dawn once to know that it will always arrive again — come what may.  And this is what we must keep in mind, most of all, in times of difficult change.

As I have shared with you before, part of what works for me in my own journey of healing, happiness, and self-realization is keeping my mind filled with as many inspiring, positive, and hope-filled words and images as possible.  I think of it as my Happiness Library.  When I am experiencing a time of difficult change, I call upon these and similar quotes to redirect my thought patterns in the direction I want most to go.

Here are just a few of my favorite quotes about change.  I hope you will consider adding them to your own Happiness Library.

© 01/21/2013

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16 Comments

  1. Nice post. Most assuredly, if we do not learn the lesson that is to be derived from any given painful experience, we can expect to experience similar pain, over and over again. Accepting pain without undue suffering is wise but perhaps gaining consciousness from the pain is the ultimate goal.

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    • Well said!
      As always, thank you for your insightful and thought provoking comments! Hope to see you around the site more often!
      Blessings, Love, & Light, my dear and wise friend.
      Sloan

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  2. Thank you for sharing these, Sloan. The one by Joseph Campbell was one that helped me move on with my life when accepting to remain childfree after years of infertility. It’s one of my favorites. This is a wonderful post.

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    • Thank you so much, Lori! Forgive my poor memory, but don’t you have a book coming out soon that discusses your experience with infertility and shares insights on how you were able to heal and move forward? If so, will you please share the title here so that TTID readers can look for it?
      Many Blessings, Love, & Light to you, friend!
      Sloan

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      • Hi Sloan, no I don’t have a book coming out about that topic. However, I did self-publish a book in ’99 regarding my healing process with tips for others. I sold it through amazon for a while, but it’s no longer available there. If anyone ever would like one, I’m sure I could get it to them. Thank you for asking.

      • Thanks, Lori! Have a terrific Tuesday! 🙂 S

  3. Love it, especially the image of a Happiness Library! Great way to keep positive resources easily available! Wonderful post Sloan! Happy day to you, Cathie

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  4. Thanks, Cathie! And Happy day to you, too! 🙂 S

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  5. Wonderful post

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  6. Thank you! Many blessings to you, today and every day! S

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  7. Wonderful post !Have nice day

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  8. The sun is always a constant behind the clouds!

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  9. Nadine

     /  January 29, 2013

    One thing we can count on in this life is change. Lovely post, Sloan, and I love the bit about the Happiness Library, especially since the concept reminds me of one of my favourite things – books. 🙂

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  10. So glad you enjoyed it Nadine! I’m looking outside my window — more snow. It’s beautiful; but a cappuccino with you in Jamaica sure sounds good right about now. 🙂
    Have a beautifully blessed day, Lovely! S

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