Day 165: Metamorphosis

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
– Socrates

Over the course of our lives, many of us spend a great deal of time fighting the old and/or dwelling on the past. I’ve done both – a lot.

Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve had a lot less time to spend on either of those things. I’ve been so focused on writing and engaging in activities that make me happy that my mind hasn’t been idle enough to worry (as much). So maybe good, ol’ Socrates has a point – maybe the secret to change really is focusing our energies on building the new. It seems to be working for me… so far.

The world is always changing and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Today, for example, my coworker (turned good friend) decided to take a new position and will be leaving in two weeks! It’s bittersweet – I’m really happy for him but at the same time, I don’t want him to leave.

When he first started, he was like a baby caterpillar, absorbing everything I could teach him about the job. Now, he’s turned into a wise butterfly and is ready to fly onto better things. Although, to be honest, I think he’s taught me a great deal more about life than I’ve taught him about the job. (On a side note, I’m pretty sure if he ever reads this, he will not be too happy that I likened him to a butterfly 🙂 He may very well set a bunch of butterflies loose on me since he knows I’m afraid of them – but that’s a story for another day!).

So, I guess the lesson for today is change is inevitable. We might as well embrace it as it’s going to happen whether we like it or not. We may not be able to control it but we can choose how we react to it.

 

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