You Are Allowed to Change

 

Change.

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.

photography by Tracy Sheppard

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.

photography by Tracy Sheppard

Change.

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.

photography by Tracy Sheppard

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.

Not feeling motivated?

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.

 

photography by Tracy Sheppard

 

In the Moment

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.”

― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

This is a tough one!

 

Photography by Tracy Sheppard

It’s easy to enjoy life when the weather is sunny and warm. Being ‘in the moment’ is no hard task when our walks take us on sunny paths and golden trails.

I adore hiking during the most beautiful part of the year, which is Autumn, in my opinion. All five senses become fully engaged and energized. The air even feels magical.

Hiking in the Winter? Not so much. As much as I try; I just don’t enjoy putting on layers upon layers of clothing, heavy coats, boots and gloves just to get fresh air and movement. Now, once I’m out there, of course, the beauty of the season is everywhere.

Depending on where you live; it can be a real challenge to ‘be mindful’ and in ‘the moment’ when our walk involves slushy, icy, and frozen obstacles. It’s difficult not to feel ourselves wishing it were Spring!

I’m working on this. How about you? I’m not perfect! Maybe you’ve nailed this part. Not me. It’s my challenge.

How often do we ‘wish away’ other areas of life? Parts of our lives that are as natural as the Seasons?

Hormonal shifts, aches and pains, struggles with weight, emotions gone wild, fading eyesight, and all the things that can come naturally with aging. Everyone ages in their unique way due to diet, lifestyle and their genetics. We can slow down the clock, which is great news. There are still those days life seems to ‘catch up’.  Those days require a bit more intention to become mindful over wishful.

How many days do we ‘wish away’? Do we run wildly through our week, wishing for the weekend? Do we stop and take time to breathe? Take a moment to ‘smell the roses’? Are we always wishing for something other than the present moment?   When we wish for ‘different’, we rob ourselves of happiness.

Let’s stop playing the ‘wishing game’.   We have no guarantee of tomorrow.

Let’s work on this …..together!