Sometimes change surprises me. And I ask myself, If change is not planned, is it then chance?
I think there are subtle changes constantly as time goes on. It may be a subtle as adapting to how we do things. Perhaps due to physical changes as we grow and age, or it may be a change in attitude or perspective. With or without external influence because, of course, it could be due to internal influences.
I was surprised to realize changes I had made. Without consciously planning – I think.
On this moist Saturday morning here in sunny southwestern Ontario, humidity was 100%, I awoke to some thoughts. Of course. Those who have followed me know I have this thing about first morning thoughts being the best and brightest of the day.
The most astounding change, which for some reason only occurred to me during the ‘brightest thoughts of the day’ moment was realizing MY changes of late. For example, FB gives a voice to anyone who signs on, billions I think, and it gives a voice without thought or reason. No filter necessary. It’s a reactionary voice. See a post – react. Reminds me of the instructions on shampoo bottles – shampoo, rinse, repeat. Reactionary posts, in my mind, are most often inflammatory.
I had gotten into a despicable habit, thought to really be a public service, until I really thought about it. Damn, ‘thought’ does change things. Whenever I read a news article about some outrageous thing I would post it on FB. And as you know while I used to call out perceived injustices in many things, there suddenly appeared someone on the world stage who provided fodder not just daily but sometimes hourly.
The end result was I felt like um, well you can guess. Then I came across some more positive things to share and without realizing it I discovered I was feeling much better about the things.
See? Change without planning. Quite nice.
Another change that just seemed to evolve but I did not realize until my ‘brightest thoughts’ this morning is the way I carry out my day. I am a huge advocate for GOALS. But only thought about them daily and never really and truly did anything about them.
Then as simple as rolling over in bed I started doing somethings differently. My usual routine had been to wake, pick up my iPad, check emails etc, play a game and contemplate my schedule for the day. ( A biggie when one is retired.) Then one morning a few days ago a ‘brightest’ thought drifted across my brain – what if I did not look at my iPad but first got up, had breakfast, and carried on. The first couple of times I chose to ignore said thought, but one adventurous morning followed that thought. And it has made quite a change to my creativity, which is always best first thing. *Since I am blogging instead of vegging – it seems it was a good idea.
There are quite a few subtle changes I realize, and I won’t list them, but there are a couple of wise thoughts that repeat of late:
‘Do not believe everything you think.’ As Louise Penny’s, Armand Ganache says, in ‘A Great Reckoning’
‘Three things to take care – Of whom you speak, To whom you speak, and when, and why, and where,’ A paraphrase from Judith Baxter of ‘I choose how I will spend the rest of my life’ when she spoke of sayings her mother taught her.
There is a new project of sorts I have started. It came from one of those blurby things on FB and I can’t refer you to it except it was about Headlines we read. Pretty grim these days and instead of READING headlines to MAKE your own headline each day. For instance: AGING WOMAN DISCOVERS CHANGE FOR THE BETTER NOT ONLY POSSIBLE BUT RELATIVELY PAINLESS.