Change can happen anytime; in fact, it is always occurring. Relationships change, people change, beliefs and goals change.
There is no avoiding change. Seasons change. Life stages change: each of us moves from child to adult to elder. All that lives eventually dies.
Why is it that change causes so many problems when it is so common?
Usually change causes big problems when you are unprepared or not in control.
In the past decade, the pace of change in our world has skyrocketed with constant new additions to our lives. Fast paced science and amazing technology have lead to advances that have pulled the world into cultural changes.
That pace has made it almost impossible to stay prepared and in control of what changes.
When I look around at the people experiencing these changes, I see an ironic result.
Changes that are meant to be for the better are coming so fast that people are adopting them without thought.
And later they realize they have also created unexpected consequences.
Have you found that some changes you have adopted because of their popularity have not made your life easier?
If so you are experiencing the clash of the old and the new.
This place of conflict between new and old is very stressful.
The old doesn’t really do the trick any more.
The new isn’t really the perfect answer either.
And they don’t go together at all!
The quickest way around this increase in stress from being stuck between old and new, comes from taking the time to think things through.
Make careful, thoughtful decisions based on facts before deciding to go with the new. Hold onto the old when that makes rational, not emotional, sense.
When you are able to carefully decide what, where and when to change, your stress level will go way down.
The answer is to be more intentional and deliberate when you change. Change is good when it’s done carefully!
Have you made any changes lately that are not working out? How have you thought through change carefully? Let us know your thoughts about change in the comments.