I think we all would agree that life isn’t perfect. But what does appear to happen is that as we experience a new situation, and we notice a valuable lesson within it, we introduce that new principle into our life.
So why then do we not actively search for new experiences that help tweak our fundamental beliefs on a regular basis?
One reason is that we don’t like change. The other main reason is that there are very few classes for developing our inner self.
Perhaps I should say that in mainstream education there is little, but even so when we see an opportunity to enrol for an evening class that would include self development, we tend to make up excuses for not attending. It tends to infringe too much on our time for ‘little me’. Forgive me… But sometimes that’s how it is!
Accepting change and adapting to change are important, but the only likelihood that we will gain any knowledge on this subject is through Self-Development. We will either let life give us the experiences that develop this skill, or actively try to educate ourselves a little. This is to see when, and know what to do when changes occurs.
Once you begin to understand how change affects you, the next step is applying that knowledge. This is because old habits die hard. We may have the new knowledge but find it difficult to apply.
QUOTE: “If you don’t like the answers you are getting in life, change your questions.”
(Nate Booth, American Author and Corporate Trainer).
Is change an important part of your life? It is integral! It is like the wind in nature; let me explain with this little story…
THE BARRIER REEF
Most people would be aware of the Great Barrier Reef, stretching some 1,800 miles from New Guinea to Australia. Tour guides regularly take visitors to view the reef. On one tour, the guide was asked an interesting question. "I notice that the lagoon side of the reef looks pale and lifeless, while the ocean side is vibrant and colourful," a traveller observed. "Why is this?"
The guide gave an interesting answer: "The coral around the lagoon side is in still water, with no challenge for its survival. It dies early. The coral on the ocean side is constantly being tested by wind, waves and storms - surges of power. It has to fight for survival every day of its life. As it is challenged and tested it changes and adapts. It grows healthy. It grows strong. And it reproduces."
That's how it is with people. Challenged and tested, we come alive! Like coral pounded by the sea, we grow. Physical demands can cause us to grow stronger. Mental and emotional stress can produce tough-mindedness and resiliency. Spiritual testing can produce strength of character and faithfulness.
If you want to feel the wind through your hair a little more often, then be ready for the changes in life. These changes are more certain than even the very things we expect to happen.
“Be good at dealing with problems and with change. Little is more certain to happen, both today and tomorrow!”
QUOTE: "Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs.”
(Dr. Maxwell Maltz, 1899 – 1975, Author).
So with that story and quote we glean, that, we can self develop if we can adapt to change easily. I can almost sense you saying, “But I do and know that already!” This may well be the case, but it is the application we ignore too readily.
When was the last time a change occurred in your life and it knocked you for six? Imagine for example, if in your next working day, instead of everything that was presented to you, you could handle; something cropped up that made you squirm. Change – ahhhh! Not for me!?
Accepting change and adapting to change is part of life. It becomes itself your very own method of self development. If we could accept that every change that does occur is part of the lesson of life. Instead of treating it as a problem, let’s try treating it as a challenge.
We are all sometimes afraid to admit that our self development is totally down to us as an individual. Any guidance we get or any step forward we take is ultimately asking us the question, “Do we want to take action?” If we take no action, there is no self development.
QUOTE: “There is a belief that if we are given something for F.R.E.E we don’t value it. But if we pay it has value! Why would we allow that to be true?”
I for example was given recently two concert tickets for no charge. The effort to go to the concert was enormous. Yet had I chosen to buy the concert tickets, I’d have been there ready and willing. Lethargy! If it affects us in a physical way, already having been through a mental process, what we are given for no charge seems to have little value.
Experiences in life come for NO CHARGE whatsoever. So we give them little value. Which will account occasionally for when make the same mistake twice!