In Times Of Change - Go With The Flow

There are times in life where change is forced upon us.
The break up of a relationship, the loss of a job or having to leave a much loved home. Change comes in all guises, from the small seemingly insignificant ones, to those that seem life threatening and fill us with horror. It can feel as though the rug has been pulled from under our feet.

Even change that is wanted and has been dreamed about and worked toward can still bring up the same feelings. It is as though the safe secure world you know has suddenly been thrust into chaos, nothing feels solid anymore. It awakens our fears, anxieties and insecurities. Our instincts tell us to try and preserve the status quo, to mend the cracks, to hold on even tighter as we feel change snatching away the security of the known.

"Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better".- Richard Hooker

It is like we are plunged into a fast flowing river and we are desperately clinging to the shore, grabbing at rocks to slow the rush of change, to keep still, to stay where we are. We are swimming against the current, trying to fight the direction of the water.

This is the time to let go and go with the flow - allow the energy of the change to carry you.

Don't fight it - don't hold on.

Feel the feelings and let them move through you but don't get stuck in them. Just allow the changes to happen and trust the process.

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." - Alan Watts

Change is evolution - it is life. We can't see the whole picture and when in the midst of these things, it sometimes feels like life is over but these are usually the moments when looked at with hindsight, that are the marker points for our life. The transformative times that allow us to become more of who we are, to arrive at destinations that logic perhaps would never have chosen for us.

"Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights." - Pauline R. Kezer

It takes courage and great trust to allow the river of change to carry us, a relinquishing of control. It involves taking a deep breath and letting go. You have to trust in the process - go with the flow and allow the energy to take you to a new place.

"If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies." - Author Unknown


tamara hellgren said...

Very true, and very well put. I love all the quotes you intersperse with your prose!

Susannah said...

Hello Tamara, I think the quotes add another level of meaning - I am glad you like them too.

Thanks very much for coming by and leaving a comment. much appreciated :-)

LaiLani Ali said...

Mind if I link directly to this post from my blog? Well, I'm doing it! Amazing words, images, ideas.

Susannah said...

Hey LaiLani,

I am glad you enjoyed the post (and yes of course you can link to it.)

Thanks for dropping by and it's very nice to meet you .:-)

Frank4zen said...

love this blog

Susannah said...

Hey Frank4zen great to see you here! :-) thanks for popping in and your comment too.

coolingstar9 said...

This is the meaningful post.
Life is full of strong current sometimes. We have to face it bravely.
We will be more stronger and adapting to change can lead to more positive life.
Happy blogging, hope we can exchange view. Have the nice day.

Susannah said...

Hello coolingstar9, yes life is full of strong currents and as you say adapting to change will make us stronger.
Thanks very much for visiting and for your comment. :-)

KnowThankYou said...

Have you ever heard a tuning fork? If you hold one that is vibrating near one that is still, the still one will also begin to vibrate. Energy can be transferred from one thing to another. What energy do we project to others? What changes are we responsible for? As we saw with tuning forks energy does not have to be from living things; energy comes from all things. Flowers, trees, rocks, water, everything has the power to impact, to change, others around it. Sometimes the energy is obvious; sometimes we must slow down to become aware of it. Energy and change is not merely around us; we are all a reflection of it and of the impermanence of all things.

Francisca Gálvez Vidal said...

Hi Susannah,

I stumbled upon your blog just now, and I`m most thankful cos it´s a time when I most needed to hear about all this, specially about letting go and allowing the energy of change to carry us....very, very true. It´s hard sometimes to remmeber, so thanks for giving me renewed strength to try and flow through these times of renovation (that´s how I call it now). I do have faith that we´ll get there.

Light and love.

Susannah said...

Hi Francisca, thank you so much for leaving a comment and letting me know that you identified with this post, much appreciated and very nice to meet you. :-)

LaiLani Ali said...

I pop over to this post every couple of weeks just as a reminder- it's so true. So well thought out. So necessary for other people to see. A little change with the wrong attitude can feel like disaster. It's all about perspective. What we have and what we know is only what we are used to. It is not necessarily what is best.

Susannah said...

Great comment LaiLani!

"A little change with the wrong attitude can feel like disaster. It's all about perspective. What we have and what we know is only what we are used to. It is not necessarily what is best."

So well put! I second that :-)

Thanks for leaving a comment, it is so nice to know that you identify with this post - thanks for letting me know.

tamara hellgren said...

I was reading your newer posts, saw this one listed as "you may also like" and felt drawn to it--funny how appropriate and "timely" the advice feels, even though I'd already read it over a year ago :)

Susannah said...

Hi Tamara, perhaps another case of following our internal Sat Nav? you were prompted to click on the link and it was just what you needed to read. :-)

There are times that I need to read my own posts for the reminders they bring!

Actually, I may reshuffle some old posts up to the top sometime.

Always good to see you. x


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