Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | May 18, 2009

Life Change

One thing is certain in life–change. A river is always a river, but it’s constantly changing, and it’s never really the same river twice. It’s amazing to watch things go through their cycle, to watch a seed become a tree, to se it bear fruit, to watch it ripen and eventually, if untouched, decay, and if it’s lucky, drop its seed in fertile soil and start all over again. Death is one of the more traumatic changes, when a loved one dies, our lives change.

Many people try to be proactive and do a pretty good job at it. It’s what keeps a lot of insurance companies in business, people hedging their bets on the changes coming their way. The taoist adapts. Adaptability is a great skill honed by the taoist and the tai chi person. It too involves a certain amount of proactivity in that we train and discipline ourselves to go with the flow, to adapt, to accept change. It takes great wisdom to know when to be proactive, when to be passsive, to know when we can effect change and when it would be futile.

There’s a fine distinction in taoism between going with the flow, allowing life to arrange itself, and being a couch potato who lets life pass him by. I don’t think any of us want to just twist in the wind(although maybe I’m wrong–any hard core taoists out there who want to weigh in , please do. Maybe twisting in the wind is the thing to do).

Sometimes, we are dragged kicking and screaming through a change. We don’t want to, we don’t want to, but there’s nothing we can do about it and we either wither up and die or adapt to the change and move on. Sometimes forced change is a good thing because we might just be biding our time and stagnating and need a change but don’t recognize it. Sometimes, unwelcomed change is a good thing. And over all of it, it depends on your attitude and view of life. It’s up to you to make the positive out of life’s changes.

If nothing else, life’s adversity is a lesson to be learned. Learn the lesson in the adversity. And grow. And change.

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