A Life to Live – Shirley's Blog

  • 07:53:26 pm on August 30, 2012 | 0

    Change can enter our lives silently

    and this change can be just as important as change we have worked hard for


    We all see things about ourselves, our relationships, and our world that we want to change. Often, this desire leads us to take action toward inner work that we need to do or toward some external goal. Sometimes, without any big announcement or momentous shift, we wake up to find that change has happened, seemingly without us. This can feel like a miracle as we suddenly see that our self-esteem really does seem to be intact, or our partner actually is helping out around the house more. We may even wonder whether all of our hard work had anything to do with it, or if it just happened by way of grace. 

    As humans, sometimes we have relatively short attention spans, and we can easily lose track of time. We may worry about a seedling in a pot without constant attention and watering for several weeks only to find ourselves enjoying the blooms it offers and wondering when that happened, and how we didn’t notice it. Nature, on the other hand, has infinite patience and stays with a thing all the way through its life. This doesnt mean that our efforts play no part in the miracle of changethey do. Its just that they are one small part of the picture that finally results in the flowering of a plant, the shifting of a relationship, the softening of our hearts. 

    The same laws that govern the growth of plants oversee our own internal and external changes. We observe, consider, work, and wonder, tilling the soil of our lives, planting seeds, and tending them. Sometimes the hard part is knowing when to stop and let go, handing it over to the universe. Usually this happens by way of distraction or disruption, our attention being called away to other more pressing concerns. And it is often at these times, when we are not looking, in the silence of natures embrace, that the miracle of change happens.

    (Madisyn Taylor)

    Exercise for you:

    If you want to be aware of the results of your desire and actions for change, here is a method:

    1. Write down the changes you are focusing on these days in

        yourself, in your relationships and at work.

    2. Keep acting on your changes.

    3. After a month go back to your changes list and find the

        changes that been made. (The ‘silent changes’ may not be on

        your list.)

    I invite you to share your results with me.

    To your Growth!


    Certified Mind Coach


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