After moving into our new building this week, I realized how rooted I have been in my patterns and my environment. I had been in the same office for 17 years. Although the move was simple; emotionally and physically I still feel a little out of place. That’s what inspired me to write this article.
As they say, the only things certain are death and taxes. But now there is a third thing: change! Oddly, “change is constant” in that is happening in and around us at all times. Every cell in our body is different from a couple of years ago and a couple of years before and yet another couple of years before that. Basically, we reinvent ourselves in numerous cycles over our lifetime.
Even though that change takes place on a cellular level, change needs to take place on the physical and emotional levels as well.
Many nurses are the same way. They stay with their jobs even though they’re not happy because it’s their “comfort zone” and they want to avoid any change.
Unfortunately, whether they want to or not, many are forced to change. If you happen to see the proverbial “handwriting on the wall,” make the change yourself before it is thrust upon you. If you’re just unhappy and there is nothing written on the wall, there still are many other places where you can get into a healthier environment.
I look at change as I would see a river. You can float peacefully with the current or you can try to swim upstream by holding onto the past and things that no longer serve you. The choice is yours.
My decision is to float peacefully down the stream in the direction that life takes me but not afraid to use my oars to course-correct if I float toward the rocks and logs that may try to disturb my peace.
Pain is necessary but suffering is optional. We can take the pain of moving upward in changing our circumstances in a positive way or suffer by remaining unhappy in an unhealthy environment.
Again, the choice is yours.
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