“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” 
― Leo Tolstoy

Change is all around us.  As kids prepare to go back to school, we realize that once again, that change is inevitable.  Nature all around us is constantly changing, as the fall winds begin to blow the summer heat away.  So, why is it that so many people have the notion that change is something frightening?

We, humans, are creatures of habit and because of this, we find it difficult to adjust to changes that are certain to come our way.  Wouldn’t we rather have life be like a comfortable pair of shoes, then try to break in a new pair?  We probably realize that we need the new pair, however, we are afraid that the new pair will cause us pain until we can break them in.

Have you heard the saying, “better the devil we know rather than the angel we don’t.”  What may be better for us is not what we are used to, but it is certainly worth the trouble of breaking in new habits and lifestyle changes.

But if you realize that nature is constantly changing, that everything around us is constantly changing, we begin to understand that we need to change also or we begin to be left behind.

Be An Active Participant In Your Own Change

With the coming of fall, nature is preparing for a time of rest.  Trees will begin to drop their leaves.  In gardens, gardeners are pulling up old plants and getting the soil ready to rest to be able to produce new crops next year.

This is a great time to take stock of your life.  Are there things that you need to ease our of your life gently?  Maybe you have some relationships that have run their course and you need to weed out of your life.  Don’t be afraid to do a little gardening in your own life.

Although the harvest time is here there is no time to stop weeding the garden of our minds.  This garden needs constant attention for us to flourish and be all that we can be.  The only way to keep this garden in top shape is to make sure that no weeds are there trying to strangle any good we are trying to do.  The weeds of our mind, of course, are negative thoughts that like to creep in and keep us from achieving that which we are striving for.

William James said, “Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”

How Do We Change

How do we change the inner attitudes of our minds?  By changing the way we think. We must put fear and negativity behind us. How, you ask?  Just as the leaves of autumn gently blow from the tree, don’t try and make a change in your thinking over night and expect to get instant results.  We cannot rip these thoughts out of our minds, as much as we would like to sometimes. No, we need to be gentle on ourselves and let positive thoughts replace the negative. 

Yes, it will take some work on your part. You must constantly fill your mind with positive thoughts.  Proverbs 27: 3 says, As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.  We are what we think.  When the negative thoughts come into your mind, you must be ready and willing to replace those thoughts with positive ones.  Just say to yourself, no, I won’t let that thought take over my mind, I will think positively.  Affirmations are good to have readily available so you can replace the negative thought with the positive one.  It won’t be easy, it won’t be hard either, it will just be different, like that new pair of shoes we were talking about earlier.

The autumn leaves fall to make way for new life.  We too must go through changes that will bring new growth to our bodies, souls, and spirits.

Change is inevitable, so why fight it? Why be afraid of it? Yes, change will require us to do a bit of readjusting but it is always worth it.  Don’t be afraid of change, a change will do you good.