Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Turn And Face The Strange ....

Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.  Frank Herbert.

It often seems to me that people would rather die than change something in their lives. Any discussion of different ways of being, eating, exercising, recreating, and just plain living invariably leads to the proposal of all kinds of reasons why the new way of doing things is undoubtedly worse than the old, or at least no better. Sometimes I wonder how it is that we aren't all still dying of the black plague and thinking disease is caused by miasmas, our resistance to change is just that strong. Except, of course, when change means getting the latest i-phone, smart phone or other piece of electronic junk, and then we are all over it.

The only people who find change easy (or at least easier) are people with goals. I don't think it matters too much what those goals are – getting stronger, climbing better, reducing your medications, or lowering a golf handicap – as long as the goal is intrinsically motivated. If you are really driven to reach your goal you are much less likely to keep banging away doing the same thing when the same thing is clearly not working. No goal, no change, however. 
Coming into shore on the east side of Hinchinbrook Island

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