Dealing with change defines us
They’ll always tell you that some change is good. That change will keep you on your toes and add a spice of the interesting to your life.
What they don’t tell you is how change can turn your life upside down and inside out.
Some of us are not keen on change. We like our life as it is and aren’t really prepared to deal with that first ripple in the pond.
To borrow a saying from baseball, we like to sit on the fastball and balk when life throws us the off-speed stuff.
It throws us off balance and keeps us up at night. Other times we long for change but maybe aren’t prepared for when it comes.
Dealing with what life throws at us is a part of growing as a person. If we’re done growing, we’re doing it wrong.
In last week’s paper, we profiled the social justice committee at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts and the work they’re doing amongst the school’s student body.
By all accounts their Pride week activities were well received by the student body. They’re doing good work and they should keep it up. That’s something that might not have happened even five years ago. The group probably would’ve been met with questioning looks and upturned noses.
Not this time, however. There was a general acceptance of their ideas. It showed the students at Ascension Collegiate, as it is with many high schools especially in this region, are changing as life shifts.
If that didn’t happen, they’d be left behind to their own devices and set adrift in an ever-shifting sea of change without a rudder.
In a way, that student body’s reaction is a microcosm for the world as a whole. It shows us what happens when people move with change and the positives that can come with it.
But its not just Pride and the acceptance of the LGBTQ community, and it never was. That group is about helping people who might benefit from a change in the world’s viewpoint. The notion of social justice might generate images of tree huggers and the like.
That’s not the case at all. It is about enacting change and helping those affected deal with it.
It is never going to be easy. It will never be a walk in the park. It’s not meant to be.
As people like to say, we will never be given a challenge that we can’t handle.
Change will keep us up at night, it’ll alter our appetites and put stress on our loved ones. That’s how its supposed to be.
That doesn’t mean we should duck and run from it. We face it head on.
It is how we deal with change that defines us.