(Post by DOROTHY SANDER)
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about life in the past sixty years it’s that the ground is always shifting beneath my feet. Even when I think nothing is changing, it is. It may be only a slight shift in perspective that comes on the heals of a an article I read or a friend’s comment. Or it may be as life altering as a global economic collapse that snatches financial security out from underneath me or an unexpected medical diagnosis that changes the landscape of my future. What I know now, that I didn’t know when I was younger is that unexpected change is the rule rather than the exception.
We can plan and scheme and work to our heart’s content to institute measures to prevent unwanted change and to create only good outcomes. But we cannot plan for everything nor can we foresee what will come our way. Our fear driven efforts to control our world are really quite useless.
The good news is that if we can accept the limitations to our control over the future and become instead like a leaf in a stream, then we can tap into our real strength and real place of control…our response. Not that we shouldn’t do the best we can to create an external life that is comfortable and secure, but our real efforts are more wisely spent finding our inner security and comfort. When we find a quiet little corner in our hearts where we feel safe, secure and loved then we can face any eventuality without being destroyed.
Life is good. Life is good when we live from the inside out.
Dorothy Sander, North Carolina
Writer/philosopher, founder of AgingAbundantly.com and author of “Aging Abundantly ~ A Little Book of Hope” and “Caring for Mom ~ Midlife Reflections”. For more information, check out Dorothy’s Website or Blog or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.Tweet