Quotes for
the Journey:

Change 2

If you realize that all things
change, there is nothing you
will try to hold onto.

the Tao Te Ching


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

We cannot change anything unless we accept it.      -Carl Jung
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 Egebert
If you can’t change everything all at once, then at least work on changing something each day.  Become aggressive in your battle with the ego.  You probably don’t need all the things that it wants.  You need hope, discipline, creative expression, love, and serenity—these are the important things.  Remember, when you are balanced, one stepping stone will lead you to the next.  But you will rarely see the whole journey or all the answers at once.
-Stuart Wilde
Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed.
-Irene Peter

Just when summer gets perfect—fresh nights, soft sun, casual breezes, crushingly full and quietly cooling trees, empty beaches, and free weekends—it ends.  Life is like that too.  Just when we get it right, it starts to change.  The job gets easy and we know just how to do it, and they tell us we’re retired.  The children grow up and get reasonable and they leave home, just when it’s nice to have them around . . . . That’s life on the edge of autumn.  And that’s beautiful—if we have the humility for it.        -Joan Chittister
Very seldom will people give up on themselves.  They continue to have hope because they know they have the potential for change.  They try again--not just to exist, but to bring about those changes in themselves that will make their lives worth living.  Yet people are very quick to give up on friends, and especially on their spouses, to declare them hopeless, and to either walk away or do nothing more than resign themselves to a bad situation.
-Hugh Prather
Change is very hard, whether it's an individual desire or a culture-wide need.  We prefer the familiar, the known, and we give it value because of that.  
   We avoid change.  We deny what we know in our bones.  We block experiences, we ignore intuition, we pass by insight, we avoid transformation.  We hold on, afraid to change a pattern even when we are in pain.
   When you feel conflict, pain, tension, fear, or confusion, this is a change trying to happen.  Don't avoid it or withdraw.  Don't turn to busyness or denial.  Lean into the feeling, work on the change, take the risk.  It will give you the fullness you seek.     -Jennifer James, Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
If you don't like the way the world is, you change it.  You have an obligation to change it.  You just do it one step at a time.     -Marion Wright Edelman
Change is an easy panacea.  It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.     -Elizabeth Clarke Dunn
When our lives can no longer provide us with the growth we desire and change must take place, we may need to leave safety and familiarity behind and journey into unknown territory. . . . Even though conditions may not be pleasant, we sometimes make an effort to tolerate the increasing discomfort because we're afraid of the unknown.  But if your ship is tied up at the dock, it doesn't matter how you turn the rudder--that ship isn't going anywhere!
    Many times unpleasant conditions in our lives tell us that we are ready to move on and experience new areas of our potential.  While our fear of the unknown might temporarily increase our tolerance of an uncomfortable situation, life's circumstances may likely get thorny enough that we'll be coaxed into moving on.  We can trust life and move ahead into new experiences with confidence because, in a wonderful way, we live in a friendly universe--a universe designed to support us and our activities.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers--but never blame yourself.  It's never your fault.  But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change, you're the one who has got to change.     -Katharine Hepburn, Me: Stories of My Life
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.  Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow.  Let reality be reality.  Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.     -Lao-Tzu

We believe we can change things according to our wishes because that’s the only happy solution we can see.  We don’t think of what usually happens and what is also a happy solution:  things don’t change, but by and by our wishes change.        -Marcel Proust
Change and growth take place when a person has risked him or herself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his or her own life.        -Herbert Otto
As changes take place in my life, I continue to watch them truly work out for my good—if I can just wait on God to see me through.  What makes all the difference is trust—the understanding that God has a much bigger plan than mine even if I don’t understand it.  I’m grateful, yet sorry, that I have had to learn so many lessons by hindsight.
-Kathy Troccoli
In our instinctive attachments, our fear of change, and our wish for certainty and permanence, we may undercut the impermanence which is our greatest strength, our most fundamental identity.  Without impermanence, there is no process.  The nature of life is change.  All hope is based on process.        -Rachel Naomi Remen
"Sweep me up and send me where you please."  For there I will retain my spirit, tranquil and content, as long as it can feel and act in harmony with its own nature.  Is a change of place enough reason for my soul to become unhappy and worn, for me to become depressed, humbled, cowering, and afraid?  Can you discover any reasons for this?
-Marcus Aurelius
Happy are they who learn to bear what they cannot change.      -J.C.F. von Schiller
We need changes from the duties and the cares of our accustomed everyday life.  They are necessary for healthy, normal living.  We need occasionally to be away from our friends, our relatives, from the members of our immediate households.  Such changes are good for us; they are good for them.  We appreciate them better, they us, when we are away from them for a period, or they us.      -Ralph Waldo Trine
Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things:  First, a dissatisfaction with self--a felt void or need; second, a decision to change--to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change--the willful act of making the change; Doing Something.       -Leo Buscaglia
If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects.  They reflect one's mind and psyche of yesterday.  I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.  I keep nothing to remind me of the passage of time, deterioration, loss, shriveling.       -Anais Nin


What people most need now is to apply their conversion skills to those things that are essential for their survival.  They need to convert facts into logic, free will into purpose, conscience into decision.  They need to convert historical experience into a design for a sane world.        -Norman Cousins

The difference between a grave
and a rut are the dimensions.

Dale Carnegie

Nothing endures but change.


It’s been said that one reason people eventually stop growing and learning is they become less willing to risk failure by trying new ideas or experiences.  Change can be difficult and uncomfortable.  But if our ambitions are only to avoid the discomforts of life, we could soon find we have very little life at all.
   God wants us to have the most joyful, fulfilling life possible, and sometimes that requires stepping out into the unknown.  Is there a new experience or idea you’ve been hesitant to pursue?  You’ll never know until you try.
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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