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Quotes for
the Journey:

Change

Life belongs to the living,
and those who live must
be prepared for changes.

unattributed

   
Why should anyone be afraid of change?  What can take place without it?  What can be more pleasing or more suitable to universal nature?
   Can you take your bath without the firewood undergoing a change?  Can you eat without the food undergoing a change?  And can anything useful be done without change?
   Don't you see that for you to change is just the same, and is equally necessary for universal nature?       -Marcus Aurelius
   
Not everything that is faced can be changed.  But nothing can be changed until it is faced.       -James Baldwin
   

Those who reject change are architects of decay.  The only human institution which rejects change is the cemetery.      -Harold Wilson

   
Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.       -Sydney J. Harris
   

Nearly all great civilizations that perished did so because they had crystallized, because they were incapable of adapting themselves to new conditions, new methods, new points of view.  It is as though people would literally rather die than change.       -Eleanor Roosevelt

    

I think that all human systems require continuous renewal.  They rigidify.  They get stuff in the joints.  They forget what they cared about.  The forces against it are nostalgia and the enormous appeal of having things the way they always have been, appeals to a supposedly happy past.  But we've got to move on.        -John W. Gardner

We have a hunch that it is possible to live a better, more balanced, and less stressful life, but many of us firmly believe that we don’t have the time or energy to make the necessary changes, even though perhaps just one small change could significantly reduce our stress levels.  Instead of striving for attainable incremental changes, we sometimes complain as if our lives are completely out of our hands!      -Gary Egeberg

    

God knows change can make your life richer.  Live for today but hold your hands open to tomorrow.  Anticipate the future and its changes with joy.  There is a seed of God’s love in every event, every circumstance, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself.  Don’t get stuck in a rut or hung up on an outdated blessing.  You serve a God of change!      -Barbara Johnson

    
In spite of all our hopes, dreams, and efforts, change is real and forever.  Accept it fearlessly.  Investigate the unknown; neither fear nor worship it.       -Joseph A. Bauer
   

None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting to change all the tenor of our lives.       -Kathleen Norris

   
Change terrifies because the status quo is usually comfortable. We can pay the bills and keep food on the table the way things are, so why change anything? That's one way the military gets people to re-up:  focus on the pleasantness of the secure, steady income, and remind people of the risks of getting out into the real world.  But change shouldn't be terrifying if we trust life and trust God. Life goes on no matter what happens to us individually, and it's always rife with opportunity and possibility, yet somehow we focus on the limitations and impossibilities. If our lives change, then we have to examine the change and search out the positive in it, search out the potential in it.       -Tom Walsh
    
Those persons are happiest in this restless and mutable world who are in love with change, who delight in what is new simply because it differs from what is old; who rejoice in every innovation, and find a strange alert pleasure in all that is, and that has never been before.       -Agnes Repplier
    

Nature's mighty law is change.

Robert Burns

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Mohandas Gandhi

    

One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.       -Anatole France

   
It seems necessary to completely shed the old skin before the new, brighter, stronger, more beautiful one can emerge. . . . I never thought I'd be getting a life lesson from a snake.       -Julie Ridge
   

   
To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.       -Helen Keller
   
Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one's own unnecessary vegetation.       -Gail Sheehy
   
Many people look upon change with dread and foreboding.  But for those on the spiritual path—for those who believe in God and the power of prayer—change is a fuller expression of life.  When a problem or condition arises in your life that indicates a change, rely upon God, and realize that it is not so much that a door has closed on a chapter of your life, but rather that a door has opened on new and more interesting things.       -Emmet Fox
   
In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.        -Edith Wharton

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Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life.  The only completely consistent people are the dead.        -Aldous Huxley
    
Things don’t change.  You change your way of looking, that’s all.        -Carlos Castaneda
   
Live for today but hold your hands open to tomorrow.  Anticipate the future and its changes with joy.  There is a seed of God's love in every event, every circumstance, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself.         -Barbara Johnson
   
Don't ever believe that you are going to be peaceful--life is not like that.  When you are changing all the time, you've got to continue to keep adjusting to change, which means that you are going to be constantly facing new obstacles.  That's the joy of living.  And once you are involved in the process of becoming, there is no stopping.  You're doomed!  You're gone!  But what a fantastic journey!  Every day is new.  Every flower is new.  Every face is new.  Everything in the world is new, every morning of your life.  Stop seeing it as a drag!        -Leo Buscaglia
   

   
The more rapid the rate of change, the more dangerous it is to live mechanically, relying on routines of belief and behavior that might be irrelevant or obsolete.     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
  
Let us turn to our own childhoods--no further--if we will renew our sense of remoteness, and of the mystery of change.     -Alice Meynell
  
Cultural transformation announces itself in sputtering fits and starts, sparked here and there by minor incidents, warmed by new ideas that may smolder for decades.  In many different places, at different times, the kindling is laid for the real conflagration--the one that will consume the old landmarks and alter the landscape forever.     -Marilyn Ferguson
  

  
The powerful potential behind change lies in the possibility that each new beginning will bring us greater joy and freedom than we have ever known.  Whether or not that actually happens--whether or not we continue to grow through the cycles of our lives--is largely up to us.  We play a part in what happens by choosing how we see our changes, our beginnings, our endings.  We can see each ending as a tragedy and lament and resist it, or we can see each ending as a new beginning and a new birth into greater opportunities.  What the caterpillar sees as the tragedy of death, the butterfly sees as the miracle of birth.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
  
Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for.  We are the change that we seek.     -Barack Obama
   
That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, is the first mark of existence.  It is the ordinary state of affairs.  Everything is in process.  Everything--every tree, every blade of grass, all the animals, insects, human beings, buildings, the animate and the inanimate--is always changing, moment to moment.  We don't have to be mystics or physicists to know this.  Yet at the level of personal experience, we resist this basic fact.  It means that life isn't always going to go our way.  It means there's loss as well as gain.  And we don't like that.
   Once I was changing jobs and houses at the same time.  I felt insecure, uncertain, and groundless.  Hoping that he would say something that would help me work with these changes, I complained to Trungpa Rinpoche about having trouble with transitions.  He looked at me sort of blankly and said, "We are always in transition."  Then he said, "If you can just relax with that, you'll have no problem."     -Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You
  
For the greater part of human activity is designed to make permanent those experiences and joys which are only lovable because they are changing. Music is a delight because of its rhythm and flow. Yet the moment you arrest the flow and prolong a note or chord beyond its time, the rhythm is destroyed. Because life is likewise a flowing process, change and death are its necessary parts. To work for their exclusion is to work against life.    -Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity
  

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