Have you ever sat for hours in nature, or stared at a painting, a sculpture... or another person? Rotating an object in your hand or sitting in different places to appreciate another view? At any moment the object changes... maybe not physically.... but in our mind's eye and what we now see... or understand.
Early on in my life I was fascinated that what I understood before about a person, a situation, or a truth could change over time. Think of your progression through elementary and high school: the building blocks of information we received that seemed to change as more information -- and experiences -- entered our lives.
My childhood was filled with endless field trips of learning and being open to new information, insights, and knowledge.
|Which facet of an issue do you tend to focus?|
(Photo credit: Diamonds created in minutes at
room temperature, Advanced Science News)
Centuries ago Heraclitus said, "The only constant in life is change." If change is a constant, why am I no longer as flexible with or excited about these daily changes? As I have grown older, I tend to focus on one side of an issue or problem and don't inquire about or listen to another facet or perspective as much as I did in the past.
The Child Fascinated with change is still within, but what happened in adulthood that tired me of new ways of thinking and the constancy of change?
|How do you respond to gloomy forecasts?|
(Photo: Tropical storm over Panama City
- Larry Gardepie)
Mentioning this to a friend recently, I spoke about my fear of becoming Rigid. He asked what that word meant to me and what I feared. By slowing down, letting the emotions surface, and talking to another person, I saw how change was constant in my life... but there have always been ebbs and flows of how I managed or responded to change.
For me, the importance of Framing and Reframing the change event must be balanced -- that is, I must:
- Hold lightly to any long-held values and beliefs;
- Test any assumptions and conclusions that have framed my understanding; and
- Consider that others might see, understand, and respond differently (reframing).
I must look and consider from multiple vantage points, moving and reconsidering.
|Can you see a different perspective?|
(Photo: Arches National Park, Utah
- Larry Gardepie)
Also, I am just beginning to understand that labeling (e.g., being rigid) might limit my ability to stay open to other possibilities and insights. That is, once I label a situation as Right or Wrong, Good or Bad, Dark or Light, Hopeless or Hopeful I may have entered a cul-de-sac of my life that needs to be explored:
- Have I created a dead-end in my thought process?
- Do I believe that I possess the only truth?
- Am I open to other possibilities?
Without the ability to reframe a situation -- or a way of thinking, it is as if my finite being no longer wishes to explore the Infinite Wisdom surrounding us and giving meaning to our lives. We shut off one another!
This week, may we anticipate and explore the changes of this post-COVID world, and may we be open to constant change!
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