The snow is ending (we hope!)
The days are getting longer.
The weeks are getting warmer.
Outside – its getting green. The leaves are opening up and every where sprouts of colour are starting to rise up from the gardens.
Its the sign of spring – and the sign of hope.
Things are changing.
Inside, we’ve been living this new way of life for roughly two months.
Locked down and Locked in.
Outside time has been limited as well as the distance we can travel, however being outside now is certainly not something we’ve taken for granted.
Every moment we can spend outside, and soak up the warm rays of the sun, or even the cool drops of rain – we do it.
We do it for the change of scenery.
We do it for our mental and physical health.
We do it for a change of pace that we can embrace.
As we look forward to this next week and the changes that are expected, we can once again look forward to embracing more change.
Historically, change isn’t something that most of us gravitate towards.
We become settled in our lives, settled in our routines and in all of this ‘settling’ we find the comfort that we need and often crave.
So anytime the opportunity for change comes about, we have a tendency to shy away.
Why fix what isn’t broken?
If we’re happy, settled, comfortable in the lives we live, why risk anything to chance?
Our work lives, home lives, family lives – its like living in a snow globe that sits still on the shelf.
Settled – unshaken – and unchanged.
When the snow globe is suddenly picked up and shaken – we can’t help but stare at the sparkly little snowflakes that swirl around, making that globe a magical wonder.
Those sparkles and snowflakes that swirl around are little bits of change – and every time things are shaken up, they swirl and always end up in a different place than the last time.
The big picture remains the same – but the magic swirls and lands in different spots leaving a little sparkle in these new settled places.
Right now, our snow globes are being constantly shaken and mixed up.
Almost everyday the sparkle can land in a different place and show us another beautiful way to live and exist.
Every morning we wake up and we are slowly learning and even appreciating that maybe sometimes change isn’t always all that bad.
Yes, there are definitely some change that comes that mixes up our worlds and sends things colliding and crashing into each other. This is the change that scares us from all the other change.
Fearing negative change and knowing that when change does come about, we often have little control of the outcome tends to have us shying away from change as an option all together.
However in these days where we have been forced to not only change, but take drastic measures in our lives to change everything we’ve done, everything we’re doing, and all our ways of normal living – its an opportunity to look for the silver lining in things.
Yes – the world has changed and the way we live and breath is definitely affected and in some ways this feels like its a hugely negative burden, there is still the good.
And we should always look for and embrace the good above all else.
The outside world is being given a breather from the constant beating of humankind and the ‘noise’ we bring. Our footprints, carbon and otherwise. Travel, construction, destruction, pollution – everything is reduced.
We are spending more time with those that we love. We’re finding new and creative ways to reach out to those around us.
We’re finding all the ways we can live within our own means.
We’re cutting back on things and cutting out others. We’re learning what is truly important, the things that really matter.
Family, Friends, health and happiness have taken a priority above all else.
Maybe in the end of all of this, one of the other lessons to be learned is that change – isn’t all that bad.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.