“The old order changeth, yielding
place to new, And God fulfils Himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.”
~ Lord Tennyson
More than twenty five hundred years ago the pre-Socrates Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously created this doctrine about the constant flux inherent in the nature of our cosmos…”The only thing that is constant is Change.” It’s a realisation that begins to dawn from childhood. From trivial facts like the sizes of clothes and shoes to more lofty concerns of who is to be counted as one’s current best friend or favourite game…as children we are all vacillating creatures! Then later you change your “aim” in life at least a dozen times, your “philosophy of life” even more. And yet strangely enough, when faced with the prospect we resist change, we are even afraid of and unhappy with it. At school a child is miserable if the teacher so much as changes the desk he or she sits on in class; teenagers are emotional about leaving school and starting a new life in college; in the professional universe every attempt at modification or revision is viewed with unease and suspicion; as for day to day life, you can lose a good night’s sleep even over a change of pillow!
What lies behind this inability to deal with change when we all know that time cannot be made to stand still, when we are all aware that life has to be a continuous flow. Mostly it stems from the fear of the unknown. Sometime a big life-event like moving to new city or migrating to a new country can cause considerable anxiety about ‘what-lies-ahead.’ Change does come with some disruption and instability. Comfort lies in the familiar and known; that which is unfamiliar and unknown remains a scary prospect.
Our fears notwithstanding, it’s a reality we have to deal with on a daily basis and there is no better solution than to adjust, adapt and move on. Many years ago i had read that small but profound booklet “Who moved my cheese?” It’s a parable with a lesson on dealing with change that remains relevant in all circumstances of life.
Change Happens…deal with it and “move with the cheese.”