Dear Red and Pink Hatters,
Happy (almost) New Year – a chance for new beginnings, at least symbolically. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, usually involving some sort of personal changes in our lives. Resolutions usually consist of either of trying to form new, positive habits (starting an exercise program) or committing to breaking a bad habit (smoking). Whether you choose to try one or both of these types of behavior modifications you are making a vow to make a change in your life. But even when you really want to do this you will find it hard. It’s so much easier to continue to live life on automatic pilot. Change involves breaking old patterns and few of us can accomplish this without major discomfort. I’ve heard it said that “the only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper,” and that kind of says it all, don’t you agree?
As we grow older, we seem to like the general idea of change, in the world in general, less and less. We’ve all watched our elders resist change and probably thought that we would never be like them. But we understand how they felt now, as we, ourselves, get closer to the age they were then. When my husband and I bought our first house my husband’s grandfather asked the price. When we told him he raised his eyebrows in amazement and exclaimed “Why there’s not a house in this world that’s worth $34,000!” (Can you imagine what he’d say these days?)
In my opinion we have every right to bemoan at least some of the changes that life forces on us because they come upon us so fast and just keep coming! The easy area to point to, of course, is technology. Just when we learned to use email we were challenged to text; then, just as we started texting we were challenged to tweet. Now there Instant Messaging, Instagram, etc... The faster I run, the “behinder” I get! And so, it goes – in oh, so many areas! I honestly believe that there are too many changes, coming into far too rapid succession, for the comfort of anyone over the age of around 35. But grumbling about it won’t make them stop; it will only irritate those who have to listen to it.
So I’m going to attempt a personal attitude adjustment: I’m going to change my reaction to change - to make a bigger effort to roll with the punches, so to speak. I’m going to keep in mind that change is, by no means, always a bad thing. I may be discomfited at times, but the fact is that the world has always been in the process of changing - and it always will be. The world is moving ahead and I want to move with it.
So... bring it on, 2017!
Sue Ellen, Exalted Queen Mother
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