The one constant companion at every stage of our lives is: Change.
Very few things in our lives can resist change.
Of course, there are a few facts that come to mind, almost instantaneously, that are seemingly exempt from change. One such is:
The sun rises every morning in the east.
However, it is said that our beloved sun is a dying star. It will not die in our lifetime or in the next however many lifetimes of humans, but it is predicted that in 5 billion years from now the sun will run out of hydrogen and fall into itself.
So, in a way, even the sunrises are constantly undergoing transformation, though we cannot discern it.
Nothing, whether living or inanimate, escapes change.
(Yes, in honor of this topic, I have changed the picture in my blog’s header :).)
Here are some quotes about life and what role change plays in it:
- God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
– Reinhold Niebuhr
- Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.
- There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.
– Winston Churchill
- You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
– Mahatma Gandhi
- Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.
- Things do not change; we change.
– Henry David Thoreau
- When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
– Benjamin Franklin
- Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
- All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
– Anatole France
And now, to end on a somewhat lighter note:
- The world is changing so fast I’ve got societal vertigo.
– Terri Guillemets
Lastly, if Hazel Soares can earn a degree at 94, then isn’t making a sincere effort at embracing change (especially if it’s in the right direction) the least we can do?