Inspired by today’s post on Chris LoCurto’s blog, I decided to explore the reality of change in my life (or maybe this was too long for a comment).
I just found another item to add to my resume: “Change Expert”. Not because I love it, but because I’ve done so much of it. According to the Holmes & Rahe stress scale, I should have been really sick a long time ago. I’ve experienced 13 of life’s 43 most stressful situations in the past 8 years. Most of those years, I’ve had at least 5 items on the list happen at the same time or within a few months. Some of these changes were totally out of my control. They say that stress is the difference between the ways things are and the way you want them to be. Us trying to control the world causes high stress. A great result of going through so many personal changes in my life is that they have prepared me for more controlled types of change in my career.
Contrary to what my personality style would indicate, I LOVE change at work. I used to think that I was bolted to the ground, safe in my comfort zone, and it turns out I’m a closet adventurer! If there is anything new, innovative, creative, better, sign me up! I’m there! I love starting something from the ground up. I like the drawing board, brainstorming new ideas to make things faster and better.
Stillness and sameness equals death, in your personal and professional life. People ask me how I do it. Well, I don’t. God does. Here’s a quick story. I’m terrified of drowning because some dork swimming instructor scared me to death when I was five. I have chosen to hold on to that fear and have refused to learn how to swim. My dear husband has been determined to show me out of my comfort zone with “shock therapy”. He ‘surprised’ me with scuba diving lessons in a swimming pool once. I think I used up the oxygen tank in 20 minutes, hyperventilating under water until I realized I was safe. I hated every minute of it.
Next surprise was a vacation to Maui, and he bought tickets to go snorkeling in the Molokini crater (hello!). It took me about 10 minutes to jump in the water (with all the flotation devices I could hoard). Once I let go, it was the most enjoyable experience ever. The way I did it was by picturing God’s hands holding this volcano crater like a fish bowl. The beauty of the ocean life beneath me was breath-taking. After that, every time I face change and fear, I picture those hands holding me up and it makes the experience a little easier and enjoyable.
How about you? Do you enjoy change or do you fear it with a passion?
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