Several times over the years I've shared gems of wisdom from one of my favorite authors, Melody Beattie. She's a remarkable, inspirational author, and now and then she writes something that just hits home! She wrote a piece I read recently that was so appropriate.
We all fear or dread change to some degree. We get into a routine, and it gets so comfortable. Things become easy, but when things are too easy many of us tend to get complacent. Our enthusiasm for a variety of tasks starts to fade. Before you know it we're in a rut.
It happens to everybody and this short piece from "Journey to the Heart" got me thinking about changes I've had to make in my life, often waiting longer than I should have. Every change doesn't have to be a monumental adjustment. Read what she wrote and think about how it applies to just mixing things up here and there.
Leave When It's Time to Go
It's time to pick up, pack up and leave. You knew you wouldn't be in the situation in this place with these people forever. Trust the rhythms and cycles of life. Take responsibility for yourself within each cycle. Take responsibility for yourself as each cycle ends and a new one begins.
You don't have to hold onto messengers after they've delivered the message in your life, or escorts after they've taken you where you were trying to go. You don't have to stay in a classroom after you've learned the lessons and finished that course.
Open your heart. Thank the people, places, and things that have helped create your world, shaped you, form your experiences. Then pick up pack up and leave. Day good-bye with love and gratitude in your heart. And go on down the road.
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