How often to we resist change? We fight it, go out of our way to avoid it and just plain don’t like it.
One thing is certain. Change is constant. But that doesn’t mean change is easy.
We have to learn to adapt, and flow.
Or become stagnant.
We’ve all been around a stagnant pond. Not only will a stagnant pond appear repulsive; it doesn’t smell pleasant. Once water stops flowing, it becomes a breeding ground for a plethora of dangerous and unhealthy environmental woes. It turns dark and lifeless. The water that may have once teemed with plant life, birds, fish and other creatures; now hosts nothing but parasites and bacteria. In other words, it is contaminated.
A pond becomes stagnant for one simple reason. It lacks the exchange of living water that flows and continues to provide the necessary ingredients for balance of oxygen and nutrients to keep life vital.
When we don’t allow the proper balance of fresh thinking, combined with movement; it invites stagnation.
Thinking the same way day in and day out, without inviting our minds to explore new thoughts; can lead to lethargy. Motionless and without life.
Change can be scary. I get it! It’s so easy to become a creature of habit. Our comfort zone becomes a place void of stress. We are on autopilot. Coasting. Call it what you will. It becomes a place that prohibits growth. And when we don’t grow….we become stagnant.
Keep the waters moving! Stimulate the thought process with positive thinking. Live with the intent to try something new each day. Start the morning with gratitude for what is present, good or bad. Keep the momentum.
Our brains our hard wired to avoid anything unpleasant or challenging. We have to intentionally step out of that safety net and explore the wondrous possibilities.
Motivation is often not enough. We may NEVER feel ready. We may not be able to WORK UP enough confidence. Move anyway. Go through the motions. Forward is the only direction to go.
I don’t know about you…but I don’t want to become like that stagnant pond.