Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
A number of months ago I was video recorded as part of a piece on the history of my Kiwanis Club and the role I played as a founding member. They also had me discuss the role I played in Kiwanis International’s first worldwide service project. The interview provided me an opportunity to reflect on my nearly forty years of Kiwanis service.
I got a rough cut of the video the other day and was shocked at how old the guy playing my part looked, not only that he also had a lot less hair than I do. Then I realized the old guy was really me. He sure did not look like the guy I see in the mirror each morning.
It did not take me long to convince myself that it is not that important what I look like on the outside, it is what comes from the inside that matters. It was another lesson in the value of accepting change as we age. Here is an article from years ago that I found on the Toplife Coaching Blog that puts life changes into perspective.
Recognize that a Positive Attitude Towards Change will Help You (and not Hinder You)
If you’re beginning a journey of personal transformation, the concept of change can be rather scary proposition. When we make personal changes – and start to become less anxious about life, it requires us to take an adventure into the “unknown.” I’d like to encourage you to develop a healthy perspective or attitude towards personal change. I would agree that it’s easier to settle for the status quo in life, but why settle?
That’s the exciting part about having goals, plans, and dreams for the future. They inspire us, and motivate us to take action, and to learn, grow, and develop each day. If you want to learn how to overcome anxiety, why not take action and learn all that you can – and then put into practice the valuable things you learn? You don’t need to be the same person you were yesterday. Each day is a great opportunity for personal growth. Once you have a positive attitude towards change, you will be more likely to tell yourself “This change in my life will help me.”
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. This quote encourages me to embrace change in my own life- as I take action on my own personal development. I’m grateful that I found this quote, as I recognize this need in my own life.
Recognize That Change Involves Stepping Outside Of Your Comfort Zone
Years ago, when I began my personal development library of books and audios, I started to face new things about myself. I had attitudes, fears, and hang-ups in life that were holding me back. It was uncomfortable for me to face new realities about myself. A few years later, it was even more uncomfortable for me to attend a personal development seminar, where I met many people on the same type of journey through life that I was.
Growth involves facing our fears, taking action – knowing that we’ll survive things like disappointment, failure, disapproval, and rejection. These experiences help us learn about the power of perseverance, courage, and of the will to succeed.
Realize that Making Changes in Life Can Be Rewarding
I like a comfort zone image I found on photobucket.com – a free photo sharing site.
I would encourage you to print out this image. It will remind you to begin to take action when you don’t want to take action in life, and when you’re tempted to maintain the “status quo”. When you print out the image, you will see 9 descriptive words, feelings and phrases that you may often experience when you accept your perceived limitations and remain within your comfort zone:
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
To pass the time while our plane was being de-iced, the flight attendants played a trivia game with the passengers. They asked us to guess the total number of years the three of them had worked for the airlines.
After an attendant collected our estimates, we heard the announcement: “The correct answer is 26 years. For the two people who came closest with 28 years, we have prizes. And for the passenger in seat 12F who guessed 85 years, would you please step off the plane once we are airborne?”
If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.
His wife had been killed in an accident and the police were questioning Finnegan. “Did she say anything before she died?” asked the sergeant.
“She spoke without interruption for about forty years,” said Finnegan.
Tact is for people who are not witty enough to be sarcastic
Not long ago I met the waitress of my dreams. About halfway through dinner I called the waitress over and said, “Ma’am, this potato is bad.”
She nodded, picked up the potato and smacked it. Then she put it back on my plate and said, “Sir, if that potato causes any more trouble, you just let me know.”
“Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.”
Alfred A. Montapert
A Jewish gentleman stood before a delicatessen display counter and pointed to a tray. “I’ll have a pound of that salmon,” he said.
“That’s not salmon,” the clerk said. “It’s ham.”
“Mister,” the customer snapped, “in case nobody ever told you, you got a big mouth!”
Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.
On his first day working at the gas station, a worker watched a senior co-worker measure the level of gasoline in the underground tanks by lowering a giant measuring stick down into them. “What would happen if I threw a lit match into the hole?” the worker joked.
“It would go out,” he replied in a very factual manner.
“Really?” he asked, surprised to hear that. “Is there a lack of oxygen down there or some safety device that would extinguish it before the fumes ignited?”
“No, the force from the explosion would blow out the match.”
If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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