The One Thing I Would Change is…
First of all, there is no changing the past.
No wishing to be taller, thinner, richer, stronger, smarter.
My Past got me to my Now and, like Popeye, “I yam what I yam.”
I know. This cartoon reference has dated me but I can’t help it.
His whole theme song won’t stop circling in my brain. You hear it now too, don’t you?
Recap: I cannot change my past and that is good because my past got me to who and what and where I Am and I accept and am grateful for that awareness.
I cannot change the future because all I have is NOW.
Yes, I believe my thoughts and actions NOW will form my future.
Which is why it is so important to be present and mindful. NOW.
I can and do commit to living, from this moment forward,
with more kindness and compassion for myself and others.
As that famous author Anonymous says, “Every day is a new beginning; take a deep breath and start again.”
What would I never change about my life?
Well, we already established I cannot change my past or future.
I cannot change others, despite the fact that I have desperately and unsuccessfully tried.
I cannot change the world. I am one little drop in a deep, deep ocean.
Metaphysically and philosophically speaking, by changing myself, those changes do ripple outward and affect the ocean of humanity. But those changes would be impossible to detect and claim.
Two different philosophers’ thoughts on this:
Rumi wrote, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
Margaret Mead dares us to, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Hmmmmm. So my question now is: What would I keep the same?
Nothing stays the same!
Life is always moving, changing, evolving.
Change is inevitable and I spent a whole lot of years resisting and being afraid of change.
That has changed. I now accept change.
Sometimes even welcome and look forward to it.
It scares me less and less and tickles me more and more.
Is your head spinning yet? I don’t know if I have come full circle or done a loop de loop. And that’s OK because the Wise Women Chronicles is about asking questions and having a conversation.
Remember, there are no wrong Answers.
Just more Questions to keep you
moving forward on your path.