You must be the change you wish to see in the world.~Mahatma Gandhi
This week it’s Amy turn to post the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. Her challenge is all about change. Perfect! I should be a change expert. Certainly, my life over the past few months has involved a great deal of change—handling our 7th interstate move, traveling to several countries, learning another language, and finishing a huge consulting project. So, I should be a change expert, right?
Well, not exactly. I welcome some types of change, but resist others. Sometimes I’d rather walk on a path of predictability than get off and try something new. (Try a new type of cheese? Sure. Change my favorite brand of tea? No way.)
But at the same time I know change is necessary. Next, I’ll take a look at several different types of change.
The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.―
Albert Einstein is right: he tells us that the world is a reflection of our thoughts. Therefore, our societies mirror our ideas about justice, or the roles of men and women, immigration, or the distribution of wealth and resources, for example. Many of these fundamental ideas are being questioned and issues are being raised that underpin the very foundations of society. Some of us will change our thinking and act; others will resist and cling to the familiar, the known.
Instead of saying “what can I do” or “it’s hopeless,” some people of passion, of vision become change agents, who show us the path to a more hopeful and more just future. Ai Weiwei is one of these “agents” with powerful, creative vision that has drawn attention to corruption within China and human rights abuses around the world.
In his exhibit “Natural State” at Meijer Gardens, he designed and created everything in the gallery–the wallpaper, the clay pots, and a triptych of himself smashing a priceless clay pot. Each object mirrors his earlier work and pivotal events in his life, such as his imprisonment in China. If you examined his 3 huge canvases closely, you’d be surprised. They aren’t canvases, but giant murals made out of Legos. How creative is that?
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.― Lao Tzu
I should listen to Mother Nature more often. She tells us that change is an essential part of our existence and a natural part of life. In the spring and early summer, she gives us a chance to appreciate the beauty of a bud changing into a flower….
...and in the fall, a leaf changing from summery green to russet and orange.
I know it’s not wise to ignore Mother Nature. She demands our respect. Regardless of what you think about climate change, you can’t deny that our weather has become more erratic and extreme. I took this shot in Cocoa Beach, Florida a day after Hurricane Joaquin roared through the state. Since then, dozens of hurricanes have raged through Florida and other states (most recently Hurricane Michael), as well as countries around the world. Record-breaking floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes have hit scores of places causing untold damage.
Some Final Thoughts on Personal Change
Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.
I think the same is true for all of us today. All the upheaval and change in the world will ultimately lead to a better future, a better society–one that we can all be proud of. This is also true of personal change. We will become better people because we have dared to resist complacency.
A special thanks to Amy for this thought-provoking challenge and to all of our participants for their responses. Tina of Travels and Trifles will post the next challenge on Saturday, October 20th at noon. I hope you will join us!
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And finally, have an inspiring week!