Change is challenging. Even when making very welcome changes we are, by definition, doing some things differently. What is important is how we approach the upcoming differences.
Currently I am in the process of moving. I’m not moving across town. I’m moving from the Northeast to the Deep South. It would seem nothing will be the same.
But the most important things will be the same. My sense of self, my family, and my friends all will remain the same. I will simply be adding new friends and new routines.
The routines…there is the rub. If the changing routines entrance me I will invariably get unsettled. New house, new area, new schedule, new everything, it would seem.
And then, there are a whole host of unknowns. There are so many things that will either work out, or they won’t. No matter how much I try to figure some things out, I just have to wait and see how thing go.
“Things” will change, but I will be the same. I will still put one foot in front of the other to get things done; I just have to do it consciously, mindfully.
Established routines allow us to do things mindlessly. Change challenges us to stay tuned in, moment by moment. When I approach change this way I can differentiate excitement from fear, or anxiety.
Excitement and curiosity is so much more fun. That doesn’t mean change is easy. But change doesn’t have to be unsettling if we stay mindful, and present, and feel the excitement.