Some of us consider change to be a hassle. A disruption to our lives. Others find it frightening to step into the great unknown.
As for me, I think of change as like a holiday. A break from the regular routine, and with the potential for some awesome surprises.
When we don’t know what’s yet to come, we have a wonderful opportunity to imagine. There are so many options available from which to choose, or we can leave things up to chance to determine our path.
Either way, looking at change this way can definitely make it feel lighter and much more enjoyable.
When we take a holiday, whether something traditional like Thanksgiving or New Year, or personal such as a vacation, we usually have a break from our normal routines.
We plan and prepare in a way that brings delight to ourselves or to others. Sometimes, the preparations up-front are more enjoyable than the actual event! And that is the point. One of the great things about holidays is that they are usually something we tend to look forward to.
Engage in joyful anticipation.
Remember as children (and hopefully also as adults) how exciting it was before holidays and our birthday as we wondered how it would all turn out? It is in this anticipation that we often find the greatest joy.
I realize I’ve written in the past about anticipation being an opening for fears to creep into the picture, but if we anticipate joy, there is really no place for fears as long as we allow ourselves to remain within this mindset.
Enjoying the journey is important. And the more we enjoy it, the smoother our adaptation to what comes next is likely to be.
Anticipating what is yet to come, while enjoying ourselves along the way, are two of the the greatest gifts within change, if we allow ourselves to receive them.
So what are you waiting for? Why not give yourself the gift of perspective for the upcoming holidays and enjoy what's yet to come!
About the Author
Megan Rounds, Ed.D. is owner and principle perculator of perculcha, llc.
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