365 Days in Aspen

I Love Change

I Love Change273x240One of my mottos – and a key message in my book, Five Reasons Why Bad Things Happen: How to Turn Tragedies Into Triumph, is:

"I Love Change."  

How do you feel about change?  Do you fear it or embrace it? Or is your answer "it depends?"  

My move to Aspen encompassed a great deal of changes.  Not just in location but also in leaving behind a lot of things.  Friends, family, just about all my possessions, and most importantly my "comfort zone."  

Years ago, a wise friend offered an interesting question about change: "Are you running away from something?  Or toward something?"  

Hmmm… Both?  

Atlanta is a beautiful city with a long list of advantages beyond some wonderful friends.  I have nothing bad to say about it, even with its challenges (like traffic).  But it was never a good place for me.  Did I learn a lot through the challenges I faced?  Of course?  Do I think, on some level, I "signed up" for those challenges?  Yep.  (You see, I believe that "destiny" includes events that we co-create in order for us to learn and evolve).  So I wasn't running away.  Not really.  Okay, maybe a little.  fortune2

I do know I was also running toward change.  To live somewhere beautiful.  To meet new people.  To live a more outdoor/physical life.  To look for new experiences.  Will it help my writing?  I hope so.  Will it help my health?  I hope so.  Will it help my luck?  We'll see.  I do believe that "Audentes Fortuna Iuvat."  Fortune favors the brave.  

I also know, beyond any doubt, that "bad things" happen in order to get you to change something.  And so far this change has been opening me up to appreciating life in a much more expansive, profound way.  Yesterday as I was hiking I came up with a simple prayer:

Lord, please don't allow me to become complacent to the magnificent beauty of this amazing planet.  Amen.  

Let's end with a little David Bowie…

What do you think about change?  Have any songs or quotes to add to the discussion?  

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