My friend Rana sent me this quote:
“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power” – Alan Cohen
Many of my friends are in the midst of significant change, as I am. All of us have felt the desire to hang on to what we know, and what feels comfortable and secure to us. Yet, it’s true that “there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful”.
Unfortunately, while we learn time and time again that there is no actual security to life, we seem to seek a way to make life static at its best moments. Yet, at any moment, on any day, life can turn us in a different direction. Perhaps in a direction we welcome, perhaps not, but those turns of life are difficult to embrace without courage or trust in ourselves. Living a life which no longer has specific meaning, in order to surround ourselves with what feels comfortable and secure, is a sad thing indeed. Yet, often, it’s hardest to say goodbye to things that used to have meaning, but changed because we can’t really say goodbye to what we are missing. Instead, we invest energy in an attempt to regain what we lost, and in attempt to go back to the preserved moment in our memory when we were happiest.
At the helm of change, we anticipate, grow and challenge ourselves. Rather than seeking to hold on to a life that is static, perhaps we should instead live as though we are a river. We should bend and twist according to the environment, responding to its changes with a combination of power and acceptance. Perhaps we should believe there is a certain comfort, even security, in knowing we have the power to adjust and change. As Mr. Cohen said, “for in movement there is life”. But, I would also say, in life, there is always movement. I wish you all a feeling of security through change, happiness through adventure, and wisdom for the journey.