Thoughts on change

Welcome to the dog days of summer...

As I wrote that greeting, I wondered where the phrase originated. Wikipedia came to the rescue:

"The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Hellenistic astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere."

That certainly describes Texas in August, but I am wishing for a thunderstorm or two as the trees and grass become more parched and brown every day. While the heat seems endless, these dog days will leave and the weather will change.

Change occurs all around us every day. We change every day. No matter how tightly we try to hold onto the status quo, its like the soap bubbles we blow into the air. They form and float only for a moment, nothing ever really remains the same. 

We can build routines that add structure to our day, but our lives flow in constant motion. I've always thought of change as an adventure, a new opportunity waiting in the wings. 

Sometimes change hurts, and we recoil at the consequences of loss. Only our resilience and grit can push us forward. Change takes on many shapes, like those bubbles floating in the air.

The ancient philosopher, Heraclitus, left us this somber truth, "Change is the only constant in life."

Inspiration worth sharing . . .

  1. The reality of change kept creeping in my thoughts this week, and I wrote about how to Create Urgency for Change in a Complacent World.
  2. In his weekly newsletter, Ozan Varol shared a scene from Good Will Hunting on how to think for ourselves and "not lose sight of the wisdom inside."
  3. The core message of Boy Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin" is that change is a constant, and Jack Johnson's "Change" laments that change won't leave you alone.
Inspiring words . . .

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be and become #yourbest today and every day.

With gratitude,


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