Thoughts On...

Thoughts on Change

I’ve been thinking a lot about change recently, mostly because it’s being thrust upon me from all directions. Even the audiobook I was listening to this morning–Quiet–was talking about change, and how most introverts, since they don’t often seek out too much stimulation, are not big fans of change.

I don’t mind change too much (unless it’s something tragic, of course)–in fact, I often seek change out (hence all my Change It Up Challenges). But there is always the blend of anxiety and anticipation as a new change comes upon us–whether it be a new job, an end of a familiar stage of life, or the beginning of a new goal. I happen to be dealing with all three (or at least, I very shortly will be). Between April 21st and May 7th, I will have:

*Run my first marathon (marking the end of formal training)
*Finished student teaching (this one happens tomorrow—yikes!)
*Received a brand-new calling
*Graduated from college
*Celebrated my one-year anniversary, and
*(Hopefully) Found a new job (and begun my life as a “real, working adult” at last)

It’s a lot to swallow, and it’s all a bit daunting, to say the least. Exciting, but daunting.

I came across this quote today on this site and liked its optimistic take on change:

Each transition is an opportunity to look at who you are — and where you’re headed.

I know that even though these changes are sometimes stressful and/or scary, they mean I’m heading in the right direction:

They mean I’m healthy and strong and working to take care of my body.
They mean I’m diligent and persistent in completing goals.
They mean that I’m willing to learn new things.
They mean that I’m eager to serve the Lord.
They mean that I’m growing closer to my husband.
They mean that I’m embarking on a career I’ll love.

And I’d say that’s a whole lot to be grateful for.

Bring it on, Mr. Change.

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