Changing Times

March 2009

Let’s start with a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.

It is actually normal for life to be difficult during times of great change.

Here’s another quote – that old Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times.

Well, we do! So although the sands may be shifting under our feet, there is always the chance for something wonderful to be born in such times.

Possibilities and opportunities abound more than ever when the paradigms are shifting. What once worked fractures and dies away, but before a new way comes to fruition, there’s quite a bit of struggling about with each other. There are aspects of the old ways that we don’t want to lose, and rightly so. We question how we might translate them into a new world view.

There are old destructive patterns that we know must go, but that some of us seem to cling to even more fiercely. It can be a challenge to understand why. It usually comes down to the known feels safe, even when it isn’t. The unknown throws us into what is not expected, and therefore we must trust in ourselves to negotiate our way through.

How do we do that? There are several helpful measures we might take. One is, when everything is in flux, it is even more vital that we act out of a sense of honesty and integrity. When we don’t create falsehoods and fabrications in our lives, there is less complexity for us to cope with. The answer always remains the same, because the answer is the truth. There’s less mental effort wasted and much more ease of being on a day to day basis. Of course, this is always true – but it becomes absolutely necessary during changing times.

The next helpful measure I’ll offer to you anecdotally. A friend was recently laid off from his job in lighting sales. Even though the company promises him a return to work within a few months, this friend is not sure he wants to go back. He sees the opportunities arising for him as we begin to seriously addressing our energy situation. Lighting is an integral aspect of energy conservation and use. Here is a chance for him to engage the new, what is barely just beginning, and get it on the ground floor. Not only could this help him in his private life and in his career, but it also helps us all if he participates in his livelihood by improving our use of energy through better more efficient means.

We can look at what our new priorities are and attempt to adjust our lives to thrive in new situations.

Here’ yet another old saying: “the only thing you can count on is change.”

It’s a good one to take to heart. When we release our expectations and are willing to see positive possibilities within the shifting patterns, we create the perfect environment for good things to happen.

Rob Brezney ( is always fond of saying how much the Universe is attempting to shower us with love and blessings. Rob is one of my heroes!

Even when the news is mostly bad about failing economies and job losses and rising costs, can you manage to clear that from your vision so that you might see what the boons are? What graces are replacing those losses?

I’ll use a metaphor from physics, now. There is a principle that states that energy is never lost, but only changes form. It’s call the Conservation of Energy. My point is that even when there seems to be a lot that is slipping away, that we are losing, there is much to be gained. To be found. To be renewed.

A combination of imagination and clear sight (you can add a pinch of steadfastness, here) can lead to all sorts of new and interesting ways to love and live and learn our lives. Structures that become unstable must be rebuilt. Here’s our chance, right here and now.

So as the days unfold and the pundits sound off about their thousands of varying and increasingly dismal news stories about what’s happening in the world, take the precious time to see for yourself what is uplifting, what can be mended and what must be released.

Let’s have a little faith, a little trust in ourselves, and keep our eyes open and our minds receptive.

Therein lies the strength and beauty of being human.