It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. ~W. Edwards Deming
change is something I’ve been contemplating a bit lately…
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl
my goal is always to hopefully be changing as much as possible in all the good and necessary ways so as to hopefully not get forced into any more of those types of situations than I possibly must…
Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. ~Francis Bacon
frustrating but true.
Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history. ~Joan Wallach Scott
it’s ok to be uncomfortable for a while in the middle of change… this I have learned, and it makes it all much less traumatic 🙂
I’ve been thinking about change in part because we’re making some changes around here on the blog, for one thing. and it’s definitely still majorly in transition…
but I’m very thankful to be able to say that I’ve also learned – over the past two years, really, that it’s actually sunk in – that it is ok to start going and work on it as you go. I always used to want to have everything RIGHT before putting it out there, and that is the number one thing that stunted my growth as a person and had a big impact on our forward motion in life.
A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea. ~John Ciardi
I’ve always given myself room to change and grow, I’m gracious that way 🙂 but somehow I didn’t want to give myself the luxury to do all of that in a public way. part of that was pride, sure, but part of it was also just being able to see the bigger picture and knowing where we needed to go, what we needed to accomplish first in order to get there – I was just in need of a paradigm shift of the time table it was ok to work in…
truthfully, I just didn’t think I was good enough to put myself out there… yet. that I was going to screw things up if I just started.
about a year ago I chose to stop waiting to reach that elusive perfection.
for me, turning 30 was like the permission I needed to just BE ME. I don’t know why except that I really felt God’s nudging in my spirit.
I saw someone tweet a couple of weeks ago (if you know who you are, please tell me!) something along the lines of that your 20s are your exploration years and your 30s are your editing years. (I’m guessing, then, that your 40s are your refining years 🙂 ) honestly, I think your teens should be your exploring years more so, and I hope that they will be for our kids – due to where I am in life right now thanks to the experiences that my parents made possible for me growing up.
and I really could not be more thankful for that decision I made last year and the many “all in” decisions that we’ve continued to make over the last 12 months. this has been the most amazing, fulfilling year to date. it’s been hard, of course. oh, it’s been hard. but it has been the ride of our lives and no signs of stopping.
from spending the winter in Costa Rica – deciding to go on our own income-wise, to embarking on one of the craziest journeys ever this summer across the US, to deciding to go with a more faith-based income model with our design business (which is also still very much in the works), the whole ride has made us hold on tight and sometimes just close our eyes. you know, like roller coasters can make you do. and once in a while we’ve even managed to throw our hands up!
see, perfection is a myth. (outside of God, of course) and it’s oh so very ok to just be you and do what you were created to do. God is the one who works out the details. he’s the one who takes our nothings and uses them to create oh so very amazing somethings.
and we are oh so very thankful for that as we move forward blindly one step at a time, not knowing when a curve in the road will appear… 🙂