Life has interesting ways of giving us the hint that it is time to make a change. Like a windy storm, it can start to feel like change it hitting us from nearly every direction. Whether they are changes in employment, living situation, friends and relationships, family, or health, they seem to happen all at once!
In the middle of this maelstrom of change, taking on something additional or deciding where to start can be overwhelming. However, when many things are in flux, it can be a natural time to seriously contemplate how to ride that wave of change to your benefit. Humans tend to be quite resilient to hardship and while change can be challenging, and at times uncomfortable, hard work and the right attitude can push us to new heights of which we didn’t know we were capable.
It is easy to get sucked in the trap of looking at all of the changes in your life and your goals and to feel overwhelmed. Kind of like preparing to move after 40 years of living in the same house and walking from room to room packing a few things and then getting distracted by something in the next room. This approach can be stressful and unproductive. When your life feels like roomfuls of half-packed boxes, it’s nice to pause and sort out what you want to do first and how best to do it. If you are considering quitting tobacco and it makes sense to roll that into the other changes you are making, go for it! If you are not quite ready, even spending a few minutes here and there thinking about the change you want to make can help you prepare for the moment when you are ready to take the first step.
When it rains it pours. It’s up to you how you want to respond to the storm. For some people, making multiple changes at once allows for a clean break. For others, stormy weather may serve as the starting place for a new plan for change. We all have a choice about how to respond to the rainy seasons in our lives – consider which response you want to invest more energy in. When you need a reminder, try watching five year olds outside during a summer rain. Grumbling about the lack of umbrella or wet shoes is a choice, but so is dancing in the rain!