Change is Hard (Duh) Pt. 2
I did not find a magic elixir between now and last week to make change easy- peasy.
It (might) have been nice if I had, for not only would I be in a different position than I am at present, I quite possibly also could have sold such a formulation, which in turn could have allowed Jeff and I to retire comfortably at a relatively young age. Everyone comes out a winner! Yay! But instead, I’m still faced with too many Very Messy Areas in the house (home office spaces among them), a schedule I have yet to get properly sorted out, and an ever-ticking clock.
It’s quite the mix, this impatience to become/do better and the longing to hold onto the known/familiar.
Again, it’s hard to develop new routines/habits/rituals. Andi Cumbo-Floyd wrote in a recent email sent out as a part of her online writing community, “Ritual – the binds and the freedoms of life.” Reading that, I thought, “She is absolutely right.” Our routines/habit/rituals can free us – free us to go about our day without having to consciously weigh each bit of information, each thought, each step. Yet at the same time, they can bind us up as we seek to change a morning routine or adjust to the latest change in an ever-changing schedule or steer things in a new direction in order to reach a longed-for destination.
Change: It’s still hard. (Duh.)
But rather than sit here and wallow in that fact, I need to remind myself once more to keep on pushing ahead, to pick myself back up and dust myself off when I muck it up. Eventually the new habits will become second nature. The new paths will become well worn and easy to see while the old ones fade away. And change? It will still be hard, still have its challenges. That does not mean, however, that I (or you) quit making them. It means we all keep pressing on, going in with a clear view of the work ahead. It’s the only way we’ll keep growing. And that’s a good thing.