Change....it seems to be a word that we are hearing a lot of lately. Look at the beautiful color change in that flower above. Without that dramatic color change...that flower wouldn't be as magnificent.
I have to first admit...I am not too thrilled with all the changes going on in our government and our country. The phrase, "not too thrilled" would be mild for me to say. But, I DO have to say...CHANGE IS GOOD. Let me elaborate.
About 4 to 6 weeks ago...we purchased a new (well...new to US) vehicle. We had been contemplating a trade for a long time. Our oldest daughter, 10, absolutely LOST IT (her composure) while we were in the Toyota place trading in our old van for the new SUV. She was bawling!!! She DID NOT want us to get rid of our old van. It was HERS. It had been since she was a baby. It was a PART OF HER.
We were so torn in there because we didn't want to be insensitive to her sensitivities... but we REALLY needed to make this trade. We just had to tell her we were going to do it. And we did. While waiting for paperwork to process...we took her out to our old van...and took probably 20 pictures of her with the van. We took a picture of her hugging the van....sitting in the drivers seat...really...we took a picture from EVERY ANGLE. She was just SO upset. (I know we'll look back one day and laugh at those pictures)
Anyway...6 weeks later...she is good. She actually likes our new one because she has "control" of their air input. (Yes....I think I have a little choleric on my hands!! She loves control!!) Anyway...something I have noticed over the last 6 weeks is we have kept the vehicle SO CLEAN. I've been amazed. I mean....with our old van...we could clean it one day and it would be trashed the next.
This has gotten me to thinking about change. Change...whether it's a good change...or a bad change....causes us to re-evaluate what we do and why we do it. We're FORCED to make adjustments. Most of them are probably needed adjustments.
I've recently began working part time. I LOVE IT...but it has caused some MAJOR change around our house. I'm STILL trying to find a norm. But we are re-evaluating what we do...how we do it and why we do it...and we are making MUCH NEEDED changes in our home...and in our family and priorities. The change has helped to give us a different perspective.
As for our country and the changes that we are facing....it has definitely caused us to re-evaluate our priorities, and has caused us to be more driven by our convictions. The times are leading us away from being able to be "grey" about certain things. We have to stand up for what we believe in...and live a life that reflects the principles we stand on. All these changes...while we don't like them...has really helped us gain a new perspective on preparing for our future. And I tell you...we needed it.
This is what was on my mind this morning. I pray for those of you out there...who like my daughter...do not like or welcome change....that you will try to see what good will come out of this change. It's a process...but it's worth it to have our attitudes focused properly!!! Have a wonderful weekend!