When it's time to make a change

 
Photo credit: AOP Photography

Photo credit: AOP Photography

 

It happens to us all. The moment when it’s time to make a different decision.

When we think about change, so often we conceptualize it as happening all in one fell swoop. One moment we see the world like this, and in the next moment, everything is different. At least, that’s how I used to think about change. But the seasons of life I’ve lived over the last decade or so have made it so that I see change as more of a process than a moment.

It’s the accumulation of moments that pile into tiny shifts that slowly point us in a new direction. It’s the tweaks in perspective that open our eyes to realities that are right here but which we could not see before. It’s the choice to step forward or pull back when we thought that all we could do was what we’d done before.

It’s in the sussing out of expectations. Which belong to us, which do not, and figuring out which ones matter at the end of it all. Change is not an on/off switch.

When it’s time to make a change, it’s important that we not discount the work that led us to the place where we accept that the way things are isn’t the way things will be. Instead of seeing change as the destination, let’s view it as one more shift. A shift that helps us move closer to who we want to be and what we want to create in the world.