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Spring Forward

March 13, 2014

Spring is about to…well, spring into existence with its usual burst of enthusiasm and brilliant color. Even our clocks sprung forward with the enthusiasm of instantly leaping into the future one hour. Yet, as evidenced by church attendance (down by half) on Sunday not many folks share the same excitement. Interesting to note some people don’t handle change well. Interesting indeed, since life is constantly in motion…always moving forward, always changing.

Although, Spring appears to be the number one season spurring folks into some course of action. Whether it’s simply cleaning out the closet(s) and having a yard sale or donating to a local charity. Or, concentrating on the garage and actually making room for the car again. Could it be that Spring amplifies positive change in our psyche? Could be, since some folks welcome change like a breath of fresh air on a warm Spring day. While others dread the slightest whiff of change because they fear the unfamiliar.

For instance, do you still have the same haircut you’ve had since high school? Not saying you don’t look amazing, just suggesting you may dread change. If you feel this strongly about change it’s probably having a field day on your body and emotions…otherwise known as stress and causing you to feel out of control and anxious; which is a perfect reason to spring forward and embrace a positive attitude toward change.

Take my life for example, if I had to guess I figure just about everyone who reads FOCUS has a cell phone with probably 80% or better using one of those ‘smarter than a 5th grader’ phones. And even though I welcome change with open arms, I’ve been dreading a ‘smart phone’ because I don’t need all the perks. A throwback to using a phone as a phone, I simply want to conveniently make and receive calls. Don’t need it mowing the lawn or doing the laundry. (I wouldn’t mind if it ironed though.) Texting is okay in a pinch, not my preferred method of contact. Although, I can see myself using the ‘talk to text’ option my friend Gina has on her phone. (Beats the dickens out of pressing 7 four times to get an S.) However, I’m fairly sure I’ll never feel the need to google “What if everyone on Earth jumped at once?” Or, “If we had two noses, would we breathe twice as much air?”

Yet, however unfortunate, I’ve reached the point in my contract when I’m due to upgrade and thinking I’m finally ready. I just might spring forward with a major change and procure one of those Droid Galaxy LG thingys. Whew! That was big for me to actually put my intention in print. What can I say; it’s time for a change. Maybe it’s time you considered making a change about something in your life too.

No radical leaps; simply notice life is in constant forward motion and change. Start small and take baby steps along with a few deep breaths, then relax. Change can be a great thing. However, when things are imposed upon you, your first knee jerk response might be, “Why do I have to do that?” or “I don’t want to!” which is exactly the attitude that keeps us stagnated in the muck and mire of fear. Fear of the unfamiliar. Fear of change.

Feel stagnated and want to change but are afraid? First change your thinking. Remember, change is a constantly moving force in our lives. Some of us fight it while others allow change to alter their lives in amazing ways. It’s your choice. Start by springing forward with the clear intention of adopting a positive attitude of acceptance about change. Because…you can’t change your life for the better until you change yourself for the better. Fear not, change is good and if you have to dial your internal attitude forward by one hour to a time when you’re feeling and thinking happy thoughts. Then do so. Spring forward! Your reward will be to look change in the face and say, “Let’s do this!”

Can you imagine…a phone/vacuum/microwave/mower/iron… ?

Smile, you’re smarter than your smart phone.



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