As creatures of habit there are few among us who don't struggle with the concept of change.
There are many opportunities in any given week to accept change; to make the conscious decision to choose an alternative; to decide that where we are is no longer where we desire most to be.
There are more than enough challenges in the choice of change.
Adjustment is never easy. Refinement hurts. Diversification is difficult. Despite that, change is inevitable.
The switch may not be dramatic and obvious. In fact it may be almost imperceptible. But it is happening and it will continue to happen.
Given that, it makes sense to avoid the struggle and embrace change - accept the opportunity to learn and grow. The call to action is a call to self-improvement not self-destruction.
It's essential that we choose to change up not change down.
Our inner selves know the difference even though there are times we would seek to deny the things we know to be truths.
It's certain that if we continue doing the things we have always done and thinking the things we have always thought - all the while expecting change and improvement - then we will be bitterly disappointed.
The lessons learned from past mistakes must be carried forward to meet new challenges and opportunities. Tomorrow starts with today and the changes we make.
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- Gary Bentley is a Rural Aid counsellor