I was talking with a friend recently and we got onto the subject of what our proudest achievements were over our adult lives. After agreeing that things like getting married and having children were a given, we started to talk about the things that had most fulfilled us. I noticed that there were two constant factors in all of them – the first was all about growth and the second was that they all came after a period of big change in our lives.
Some of the things we talked about were moving to the other side of the world and not only surviving but flourishing, making the leap from the family home to fending for ourselves at university and growing into a new role after changing who we worked for.
As I wrote about in my post The Changingman I really believe that we should embrace change, but I think our conversation helped me to see that this is only half the battle. It is great to embrace change when it comes to you but what about actively seeking out change in order to grow and develop?
In researching this post I came across a quote by former United States President, Calvin Coolidge,
“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”
Change is unsettling in the beginning, it is messy as you come to terms with your new environment but ultimately the rewards on the other side will outweigh the effort and struggle you felt. I have real life examples that prove this and I’m sure when you think about it you do too.
This new learning is making me think about how I can get more involved in seeking out change and how I can have more adventures to create growth. Perhaps they might inspire a post in the future….
So turn and face the strain. Time may change you but you can’t trace time.
About the song:
Nobody exemplifies change like David Bowie. Through his different personas and variations in musical style through the 60s, 70s and 80s he led the music scene with aplomb. Changes contains one of the best chorus lines ever, I defy anyone not to be humming or singing this song all day once they’ve heard it!