Consider Change

So many stories are so much the same.  Heard over and over.  And one plot goes something like this….  I am working way too much.  I never see her/ him/ them.  We are ships passing in the night. This can’t keep up.  And I can’t get off.

Under that narrative some basics assumptions…

  1. Life must trend ever upward in terms of success
  2. Life must trend ever upward in terms of salary and financial security
  3. There is no “getting off” the ride.
  4. There is only riding the ride harder, pushing through just a few more years of misery at which point the elusive “golden nugget” will be had.
Welcome to the life of many young adults.
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And we do get to choose.  We do get to choose.  We are free.
Change is the point. It’s what we seek to do to the world around us.

Change, actual change, is hard work. And changing our own minds is the most difficult place to start.

It’s also the only place to start.

It’s hard to find the leverage to change the way you see the world, hard to pull on your thoughtstraps. But it’s urgent.

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices…” William James

Seth Godin

So my two cents…. consider change.  In the beauty of the Christian tradition … repentance.  ”Metanoia” in Greek.  ”Changing one’s mind” in English.  ”Repentance” in short hand.

For what does it profit someone to gain the whole world and forfeit their soul? What can someone give in return for their soul? (Mark 8:36)

 

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2 Responses to “Consider Change”

  1. Steve Tinari says:

    True change is what is required. When autumn comes, the leaves turn brilliant colors and fall. The cycle completes and happens again next year. This is change right? Slow, recurrent change… In terms of change – worldly change – we have eruptions, volcanos, Mt. St. Helens, Iceland and many more. These changes appear as drastic and sudden but are they? Pressure builds beneath the surface and explosive change – worldly change – occurs. So which is it in our lives? A Savior was born and worldly change occurred. Was it sudden or was the pressure building beneath the surface until God had enough and the eruption – Jesus – was send to bring forth change. Where do we fit in?

  2. Tom Kopera says:

    After 36 great years of working with colleagues that have become friends over the years, the office that I work at is being closed. The jobs of the software engineers working at the office, including my own, and the people that support us are being transferred to India in an effort to cut costs. Sadly, the transfer is being handled so badly that the excellence that we strived for as a company is giving way to mediocrity.

    With change thrust upon me, I’m forced to decide what is truly important to me. Can I accept a life with fewer things and less social status that could bring me greater joy? I know that God is with me on the journey and will guide me to make the right choices. Perhaps I already have what I truly need after all!

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