CHANGE IS INEVITABLE: Now Is Always A Good Time To Make That Change

By Zile Singh

Change is the Law of Nature. Nothing is static.  Everything is in a motion.  Within a second, the future becomes present and the present turns into the past.  Even the past is changing   on the scale of time.  Without change, the growth  and development will come to a stand-still.  The Change has brought the mankind from the Stone Age to the Supersonic Age.  The change is getting momentum day by day.  The day and night, weather and seasons are changing in a cyclic order.  “ They must often change who would be constant in happiness, “wrote Confucius.  Bacon backed up this statement with the words, “Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.”  In the last century or so, the world has undergone a dramatic change in every facet of life.

Everybody wants a change.  You want happiness instead of sadness, beauty instead of ugliness, a mansion in place of a flat and even a Rolls Royce to replace your  bicycle.  The Change (noun) changes (verb) the drab into the lovely, the ordinary into the extraordinary.  Then, how do you set about it?  You change yourself first.  In this connection, the great Greek philosopher Socrates said,  “ The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”   Therefore, change your way of thinking, change your attitude to life altogether. Change your habits of eating, talking, sleeping and waking up.  It is a thing you can only do for yourself.  No one else can do it for you.   Change is the other name of Progress.  It is a fact that in the long history of man’s progress through the centuries, the trend has been upward with adequate changes in the prevalent methods and thought process.  Always, out of every struggle and endeavour for change has come a new dawn, a rebirth of life and thought.

It is a fact that people perceive the change in different ways.  Some are in favour and others not.  Those who are in favour argue that it has a possibility for a particular person to improve upon him physically, mentally as well as socially.  You can improve upon your physical fitness  by changing your life-style from a  sedentary  to an active  style.  Your reading habits  about different places and countries might encourage  you to take up to travel.  Travel broadens your mental

horizon.  You should have enough guts to change your dull life.  There is an art in being different.  It is not necessary that you offend your children, wife, husband or other relatives.  You have just to claim your right to speak and work whatever you feel good and right and act in a positive way.  You want something to happen in a different way,  something nice.  If you are fed up to work, to eat, to get up and sleep in the same way or feel  in a rut, it is better that you change it.  You can change your habits, including your habit of drinking excessive alcohol, your extra  strenuous  sports activity or even your profession if you are not comfortable with it.  You can start something new.  To say good-bye to bad and boring  habits is also a change.  “ To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”- Winston Churchill.

According to Buddhism, everything in human life, all objects, as well as all beings whether in heavenly or earthy realms undergo change,  It arises, changes and disappears.  In Islam, “ O Allah, change me until I am someone you are pleased with.”  Though the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, focuses on spiritual truths and is not a rule book,  the  worldly  issues and their treatment can change. There have been debates within the Sikh community about introducing changes and adapting  with the times.  According to Hinduism, “ Religion has a symbiotic relationship with culture and its history.  Therefore, it has had to adapt to the times, no matter how reluctantly, in order to survive.

In conclusion, change is an indispensable part of our lives.  Therefore, people should accept this fact and try to learn how to adopt a change rather than to avoid it.  You cannot change what is going on around you until you start changing what is going on within you.  Progress is impossible without change.  Those who cannot change their mind-set cannot change anything.  Make a plan to get more out of life.  Make every day exciting.  Do something to make life fuller, richer, deeper, broader and different so that it can never become dull.

“ Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through.  Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it.  This is a kind of death.” – Anais Nin

Mr. Zile Singh is much respected Link Columnist, writer and a Vipassana Meditator. He can be reached at zsnirwal@yahoo.ca .

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