In my previous post, “Change: How To Deal with It” I shared 3 ways by which you can deal with unexpected changes in your life, to wit:
1) Be ready to accept the change, and embrace it for all it is worth.
2) Look at any change in your life as a reflective, learning moment.
3) Focus on and gather your inner and outer resources.
Let us take a look at each of these more closely.
Accept and embrace change
Live each day with openness to all possibilities that may unfold before you. This is not to say you should not hope for or anticipate with eagerness the good that you desire to happen in your life. Yes, live each day with hope in your heart, but give space to the thought that change is inevitable: there are events in life that do happen when you least expect them; there are dreams you have carefully planned for that do not turn out as you like it. And of course, there are the unexpected joys that bring in change, a welcome surprising change that makes adapting to it a lot easier.
How can you accept and embrace change?
- Set a reasonable expectation about yourself, others, the world, and life in general.
- Aim high, but aim for an achievable goal, and have other options in place.
- Know and understand change is inevitable – in any aspect of your life – starting with your own person.
- The quotation goes, “The sun is new each day.” – Heraclitus – See:
- Here is a piece from one interesting article I came across: Take Conscious Command of Unexpected Changes:
- Key Lesson: Your true self no more fears an unexpected change in life than water worries about how it will take the shape of the glass into which it is being poured. Read more:
Reflect on and learn from the change
Each change in your life is a nugget of wisdom, a hidden gem, or as what is often termed as a blessing in disguise.
Here is one article that contains inspiring quotes to help you appreciate the value of change. As the writer says: “Change is a constant. Some changes we go through are small, some are more of the “crisis” variety. Learn from these well-known people how you can grow from change.” – Read here:
Focus on and gather your inner and outer resources
Strong support and love from your inner circle of people who care for you, who are always there for you, like your family, your significant other and your closest friends can help you cope with your most trying times, and they are also among the first who rejoice with you in times of blessings and success.
Finally, acknowledge the gift of the Divine, and in humility submit yourself to the power of God within you, and trust that God is always present to see you through the process of change in your life.
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
Dear reader, how about you — what is your best way of dealing with unexpected changes in your life?