Thursday, August 5, 2010

Change Is As Good As a Rest.

Change is as good as a rest.

You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish. ~Author Unknown

CHANGE! The very word is enough to frighten most of us land lubbers into panic and trauma.

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~Harold Wilson

It’s a word that often has negative connotations. Woman approaching menopause refers to ‘THE CHANGE”, mostly with emotions of anxiety and dread. Babies dislike it, despite their well-being and the aromatic benefits to anyone down wind. Regardless of one’s personal preference towards change, it is inevitable. Change is the only constant in life. In fact, without it we all die. Our red blood cells are renewed every three months, brain cells daily.

Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer. ~Shunryu Suzuki

This week I had a conference to attend in the City. I avoid the City like the plague for reasons of well-being and to minimize the effect of the thronging crowds, limited parking and queues of stress heads, racing from one destination to another. It’s a proven fact that our heart rates increase in such environs and I for one don’t need it or want it. Now it is some years since I had worked there, but today I visited my favourite coffee shop to find that not only does it not sell coffee, but it has been replaced with a three storey multi-media complex. The friendly faces are gone and so was my almond croissant. It’s now a choice of burritos or sushi, slush puppy or chai latte, Katy Perry or Jason Derulo for goodness sake!

Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine. ~Robert C. Gallagher

Am I showing my age?

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. ~Faith Baldwin

To those born before 1950. We are the survivors. Consider the changes we have witnessed.

We were born before: penicillin, polio shots, frozen food, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees, the pill and before television came to (New Zealand). We were before credit cards, ballpoint pens and laser beams. Before pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes driers, electric blankets, air and hair-conditioners, drip-dry clothes and before man walked on the moon.

Togetherness: We got married first, and then lived together. We were before househusbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers and computer marriages. We were before day care centres, group therapy and nursing homes. We had never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, yoghurt, and guys wearing earrings.

For us timesharing meant togetherness - not computers, Holiday homes and motels; a "chip" meant a piece of wood, or fried potato, hardware meant household tools, and software wasn't even a word.
In 1950, "Made in Japan" meant junk and “making out" referred to how you did in an exam.
McDonalds, Kentucky Fried, Starbucks and instant coffee were unheard of.

In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, grass was mowed, coke was a soft drink and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music was Grandma’s lullaby, "Aids" were helpers and "gay" meant you were happy,

...Difference: We were certainly not before the difference between the sexes was discovered - but we were before the sex change. We made do with what we had and were dumb enough to think you needed a husband to have a baby.

No wonder we're so confused and there's such a generation gap! But we survived. What better reason to celebrate?

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~Anatole France