This morning, I was up at 3 AM to get ready for a 7 AM flight, ultimately to Los Angeles. The circumstances of the trip aren’t great, and it is with very mixed emotions that I travel. The company I work for is closing one of its service centers, and I am flying out to bid farewell to the team who has worked tirelessly for years to repair our products and keep our customers happy. Though they’ve had about six months to adjust to the news, it will still be difficult.
Typically, I am a big fan of change. I do it often, from hairstyle, to furniture placement, to new and improved ways of doing things, both in my personal and my professional life. The older I get, however, the more I can relate to people who find change difficult. There are certain patterns we fall into, certain comforts we’ve become accustomed to, and when our world is rocked, sometimes it’s difficult to pick up the pieces and move on. Be it the death of a spouse or loved one, the breakup of a marriage, the loss of a job, there are times in our lives and the lives of those around us where unwelcomed change rocks our world.
One thing I learned through the death of my father, although I was too young to realize I was learning a lesson at the time, is that there really is no other choice but to pick up the pieces and move on. I spent about 10 years of my young life being a victim of my circumstances, not knowing how to recover. At some point, however, in my late teens / early twenties, I got my sea legs and realized that I could either keep shriveling in insecurity caused by changes in my life, or reinvent myself, having developed strength and character from surviving my loss. My friends, I know first hand that re-inventing yourself IS possible, so long as you don’t cave to the insecurities you feel initially. Sure, take the time you need to lick your wounds and self-reflect, but don’t stay there too long! Pick up the broken shards of glass around you, dust yourself off, and find a new focus to give you purpose in the process of healing.
You CAN do it. I know you can. Change is inevitable. Keep fighting and don’t give up.
Roll with the changes, my friend. It will make you a better you.
Be blessed, today, my friends!
Love you all!
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