“All great changes are preceded by chaos.”
– Deepak Chopra
The other day I took my car in for an oil change and came away with an unexpected gift.
By habit before I leave my car for service, I shut off the audio and slide my seat back. I move the seat back as a curtsey to the mechanic’s knees. I assume they are taller than me. As for turning off the audio, I don’t like it when the service folks change my programming or radio station.
Do you also have something that bugs you when it gets changed? I have to admit that there was a time when I had a long list.
Getting back to the oil change. When my car was ready I got into it, adjusted the seat and headed off to the next destination. As I was driving along something caught my attention…the music was different but enjoyable.
I checked and sure enough it was on a different station. I left it there and began to pay more attention to the music and before I knew it I was welcoming the new tunes I was hearing.
Looking back at that incident I realized it was a good metaphor for life. Often we cruise along doing the same old, same old out of habit. This routine can become so comfortable and easy that we don’t want it to change.
Then when something unexpected happens we immediately attempt to get back to that comfortable old space. If we can get back to the status quo quickly all is well, if we can’t then thoughts of fear, anger and unease grab hold of us.
We might even get into the thought circle of questions: “Why me? Why do things like this always happen? Why do I have to change?” Or simply, “I don’t like this and don’t want this!”
I have been there! Now that I can look back on it I see how much time energy I wasted on these thoughts that created nothing but unhappiness and stress. My favourite game used to be the thought circles!
Much like discovering the new radio station left by the mechanic, life often presents us with different ways of looking at or doing things. We have a choice to welcome them in or set a road block of misery. The great thing is, we always have a choice.
Change and choices are constant. We are offered so many channels and programs, it seems like a waste if we don’t grab on to some of them.
With a different program comes new vistas, new experiences, and opportunities.
You can stay where you are or you can change the station and discover something new. A surprise is awaiting you!
Share a time when you embraced the unexpected to find something new, wonderful or enjoyable.