The change process can sometimes be a struggle, although your ability to be strong and manage change positively and confidently is essential to successful living.
Change can bring about all sorts of reactions in people. Some positively embrace change and view it as exciting and something that will open new doors and present new opportunities.
Others, however, may well be far more resistant and fearful if they have previously encountered negative outcomes of change.
When dealing with change it is crucial not to allow negative baggage from the past to cloud your perspective. Acknowledging what you may have to let go of is important, although focusing on all the things you will gain is by far the best approach. Accepting too that you will experience a range of emotions through the process is sensible. One inevitability in life is that things do change, so learning to go with the flow and riding the crest of the wave will make the journey far more enjoyable, interesting and positive.
It is also realistic to accept that sometimes change may be a painful process. However as the saying goes, no pain no gain!
A Story About Change
One day a man called Nicholas found a small butterfly cocoon. He decided to keep it so that he could watch the metamorphosis of the butterfly as he had never seen this before.
Nicholas put the cocoon carefully on his desk and the next day a small opening appeared. For several hours, he sat and watched the butterfly as it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared to be stuck.
Nicholas decided to help the butterfly and with a pair of scissors he cut open the cocoon. The butterfly easily emerged. But something was not quite right. He looked closer and noticed that the butterfly had a swollen body and shrivelled wings. Nicholas watched the butterfly intently, expecting it to take on its correct proportions.
Nothing happened and the butterfly stayed the same. Sadly it was never able to fly.
In his kindness and haste, Nicholas did not realise that the butterfly’s struggle to get through the small opening of the cocoon is nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight.
Like the sapling, which grows strong from being buffeted by the wind, in life we all need to struggle sometimes to make us stronger.