Change, Change — I Am Happy I Can Finally Share This With You…
Hello, my friend,
How are you? I mean, really, how are you?
Please allow yourself a moment to answer because I want to draw your attention to the question of how you are navigating the changes in your world. [See the end of this newsletter for the offer of a free gift]
How are you navigating the business of transition? Both in your personal and professional life. At this moment in time, irrespective of whether you are in the northern or southern hemisphere, we are in the season of rapid, noticeable change; Autumn and Spring are upon us.
As I say this, I step back and think perhaps the keyword here is “noticeable”, not necessarily change, because we know change is constant and all around us. Yet it often starts untamed, unnoticed, until it grabs us by the collar, demanding our attention, and we can’t help but react.
If you have read the book, Who Moved My Cheese? - by Spencer Johnson, you will know immediately what I am talking about.
Still, even if we are aware, I believe if we don’t give change its due, he/she has a nasty habit of surprising us, sneaking up, slapping us in the face and reminding us of the inevitable in unmissable and grand ways.
On a national and global level, in the space of a week, the United Kingdom mourned the passing of our long-reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and welcomed a new Prime Minister and King. These are seismic changes on any scale but ones that will have a far-reaching impact on many, if not all, of us.
Perhaps that is what we should remember and consider in our every day; we all have a part to play in the seen and unseen changes. The said and unsaid conversations and the way we act.
The arc of change may be extended and often go unnoticed and misunderstood, but we all contribute to each other’s lives in one way or another.
That is why I want to leave you with the thought that if ever you stumble or are in doubt of your significance and worth, try to remember the awe and wonder that you are here. But also that because we are all connected, the ripples of what we say and do go far beyond our comprehension and wildest imagination.
This week I set my weekly intention to sit with the question, what if? What if I allowed myself to be more accepting of my life? What if I imagined the world not how it is but rather how I want it to be? What if more of us understood we have a responsibility for our happiness and love but also for the amount we allow and bring into the world?
So with this theme in mind, I wanted to share with you a couple of pieces that reflect my recent thoughts and invite the question, what if?
All that you touch, you change
All that you change, changes you
The only lasting truth is change
— Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower
I am guessing by now you are possibly thinking about how many times can a person use the word change in a newsletter. Sixteen at this point, but it is a theme because of the time of year, recent events and what I am about to share that has got me thinking a lot.
This week I was fortunate enough to discover a podcast, Octavia’s Butler parables, by Adrienne Maree Brown and Toshi Reagon. Almost a couple of years old but still relevant with the times we face today. Both hosts provide a critical, reflective, heartwarming summary and analysis of Octavia E Butlers’s books the Parable of the Sower/ Talents.
For those of you who don’t know, Octavia Butler is a science fiction author and recipient of multiple awards. Her writing tackles the human condition and, in many ways, could be described as visionary with how she warns of the climate change and economic challenges we face today.
I am the introduction, and four episodes in on the Parable of Sower but excited to share what I know will be an excellent, enlightening listen while walking my dog.
I am looking to add more podcasts to my podcast list; what are you listening to? Any recommendations to share with the LSH community?
Here is an idea.
I am contemplating opening the LifeSuccessHappiness publication to fellow writers. Is this something that would be of interest? For example, having a place to share similar poems, stories and personal essays related to well-being with a particular focus on life, love and happiness.
I am by no means an editor, but it is something if I can get my head around. I may entertain next year once I have carved out a schedule and navigated a few logistics.
Let me know if you think there is a space or demand or if you have specific topics you would like to see featured. Drop me a line; my publication email address is below; I would love to hear from you.
Finally, if change is the only constant and often beyond our understanding and control, then to navigate what we determine to be a successful life, we have to learn how to become comfortable with unwanted endings and embrace new beginnings while learning to pivot and adapt along the way. Always easier said than done, I know, but then, we need to fight for the change we want and remember.
The only lasting truth is change.
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