No matter what you do in life, change is inevitable. There are probably very few things you can point to and say, that hasn’t changed in the last 50 years. People, places, fashion, design and ways of life all change.
And change is good. Even if you just think about communication and how it’s changed. Not all that long ago, if you needed information on something, you had to find someone to ask, or go to the library and look it up. And while at the friends or the library, you were at the mercy of only understanding what someone knew, or took the time to write in a book and nothing more. Change has given us cell phones and the internet which we use in much the same way to gather information and communicate today.
I have recently had a change in my own life and I am so glad it happened. It wasn’t something I tried to do, it was someone who forced it on me, and well, I like it. The last few days have eliminated so much pressure on me. I just didn’t realize that doing something I thought I really wanted to do was causing such pressure, until it was over. It wasn’t as sudden as it seemed, nor did I understand 100% what was going on, but it’s all good! So now to quote Ecclesiastes 3:1 (King James Version) or the Lyric from the Byrds song, Turn! Turn! Turn!
And to this particular event, there was. The way God uses situations, moves you from place to place, takes the time to “sour” the grapes that were once tasty morsels to force you to move or others to push you out – in one word – Amazing! The person (people) involved had an agenda, and were committed to it, and I respect that. I didn’t share their viewpoints (my age could be a factor in that) on many subjects. I didn’t agree on how they were doing things, but I went along with the flow as best I could. I thought I would understand the path, once I got to the end of it, and so I tried hard to stick it out. I thought I had the freedom to speak up, and the potential to initiate change, but I really didn’t. The original idea when I signed on was more flexible, but with flexibility comes those who don’t perform, and so rules were made. Eventually that chain of events caused universal rules to be forced on the participants. I don’t do forced rules well. I am the owner of a company that has been in existence for over 27 years. It has and will, succeed or fail based on my knowing when to change the rules and when to enforce them. In my company, there has never been a time, or a place where one’s opinion was not considered. You just never know when someone will think of an innovative solution to a perplexing issue, and you have to be ready for it.
The reasons I had joined the group, and the focus of the group for me had changed. The new rules without flexibility requiring participation was not for me. I didn’t sign up for to be ordered around and required to do anything but participate. Certainly not to help with administration duties, or do the job of the owner of the group. So, to those I will miss now that I am “out”. Thank you! Thank you for being a part of my life, sharing, caring and being “you” so that I could learn so much. Just know that I really am happier, less stressed and feeling free being out – and that I know and believe that God worked this resolution out specifically for me, and I am happy He did.
***The title of this article is from my friend, Ronda who reminded me about change and who calmed the waters with just those few words.
***These are the trees in front of my house.
— Johannah Brookwell (@Its_Annoying) July 30, 2012