I recently received this quote in an email and the quote got me thinking. The quote was:
Change cannot be avoided in life. So do not resist change, embrace it!
There is no doubt that life is changing all the time. I’ll use myself as an example. This year, 2015, has been very much a year of change for myself as well as my family. As I mentioned in some of my other posts, I retired as a classroom teacher after 35 years of teaching. So to say that this is a huge change for me personally is an understatement. Really, retirement is a new beginning; it is the beginning of a whole new journey. For me, that has meant following some of my passions. One of those passions is writing which is why I started this blog. I needed an outlet for my writing. I needed a place to share my stories and my opinions. It means change because now there will be no more having to get up for work unless I decide to work somewhere. Working is more of a choice now, rather than a necessity. That is a good change. I’ve heard it said, “some people work to live and others live to work”. I was always one of those that worked to live. I needed to work to support my family and to feel useful to society.
My wife and I have three wonderful children, All three of our children have gone through some sort of change this year. Our eldest daughter has moved to a new place to live after being in her previous place for five years. That was a major change for her as she is not a person who freely embraces change. Our youngest daughter is returning to university this year after living and working for the past year in her home town. Our son is also off to university after spending two years at the local community college. He is excited for this change as he has been living with us while getting his Diploma. So as you can see, there has been much change in my family. The only one that is remaining at her same job is my wife. Having said that, she has taken a three-month leave of absence from her work place so that we can do some travelling this fall. So even she has to endure some changes, although they are good changes.
If you listen to the news regularly, then you would also know that the day-to-day conditions on our planet are changing now in ways we could not have anticipated. Climate change is one of the biggest changes our planet has had to endure. Every year seems to be reported as the hottest on record. Storms seem to be getting more and more frequent and progressively more violent. According to the Union of concerned scientists, “As the Earth warms, the amount of rain or snow falling in the heaviest one percent of storms has risen nearly 20 percent on average in the United States—almost three times the rate of increase in total precipitation between 1958 and 2007.” That is definitely change, and not good change. Our planet needs help.
Changes the world will endure, according to the article, 5 ways the world will change radically, are:
- The world is becoming over populated. The article states that,” India’s population will overtake China’s around 2020, and Africa’s population will overtake India’s by 2040″ That is not change to embrace since Africa is one of the world’s most poverty-stricken continents.
- Urbanization will rapidly increase. The article says, “the number of people living in cities will climb from 3.5 billion today to 6.3 billion by 2050” That means there will be much less farmland to grow food to feed the people. That is not good change.
- Conflicts over water shortages will probably play out on our planet. That is not positive change, for that means many people will die because the world is running short of fresh water.
- At this time in history, there isn’t enough energy being extracted from known sources of fossil fuels to sustain 10 billion people. That means humans will be forced to turn to new energy sources before the end of the century. In my opinion this is good change as hopefully these new sources will mean less pollution.
- The article maintains, “biologists [not all biologists] believe that with the current rate of extinction, 75 percent of the planet’s species will disappear within the next 300 to 2,000 years”. That is just sad as this planet has so much biodiversity. That definitely is not good change.
So the fact of change is real! The quote at the beginning says, “So do not resist change, embrace it.” When change happens to us individually, then yes it should be embraced. As it has been said, “A change can be as good as a vacation.” I think there is truth in that. Many spiritual writers will say that when change happens to an individual, it is God’s or the universe’s way of forcing you to do what you are not choosing to do yourself, because God knows what is best. Having said that, sometimes individuals need to resist change such as when individuals or groups of people are being forced to do something against their will. An example of this might be when groups of people are forced from their homes due to conflict like what we are witnessing in areas of the world like Africa and the Middle East.
However, when it comes to changes affecting this planet, such as climate change, or loss of biodiversity, then change needs to be resisted. It is time for us humans to “get our heads out of the sand” and start resisting planetary changes that will only cause our planet to be less desirable to live in.