The Thrill Of Change

April 11, 2013

Could change be your ticket to a full and rewarding life?


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I am listening to Julia Child’s audiobook “My Life In France,” and am finding it intriguing to say the least. When Julia was 36 she had the opportunity to move to Paris with her husband Paul. Open and willing to embrace the opportunity before her she sailed to her new home across the ocean.

Little did Julia know France would release something in her she never even knew existed, a captivating adoration for French cuisine! This discovery transformed her entire life.

She eventually became a household name by bringing French cuisine to the American public.

Imagine if Julia Child would have refused to go to France. What if she had been unwilling to embrace the change which knocked at her door? Would her relentless passion for cooking have ever been born?

I tell you this story not because we are all as fascinated by French cuisine as Julia was, but because something interesting is revealed in her story. Julia was an obvious devotee to change. Had she been resistant to the opportunity of moving to France who knows if she would have found her “life’s calling,” as Julia later called it.

Life is always changing and each change offers opportunity to develop, expand and flourish. Change can be thrilling if we are willing to view it that way.

To be honest, I have never found myself more alive than when I am in the midst of change. I find I feel wildly alert and keenly engaged in life when I intentionally seek out and embrace change. I don’t always find it easy, but I love the shapeliness it gives my life.

Without it I revert to mindless motions and feel a gray numb spreading it’s cold fingers over my mind and spirit. With change, however, my senses re-awaken, my sight is transformed, and weariness disappears. I have fresh ideas, and change puts an energetic spring back in my step.

Perhaps a little change is just what you need to gain a fresh perspective on your life. Perhaps change will open your eyes to new opportunities or new ways of viewing your current situation. And maybe, or most likely, change will help you gain clarity, vision, and courage to move in a new direction.

Perhaps a little change could be your ticket to a full and rewarding life. What do you think?

Can you relate to the thrill of change?


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  • Reply Ann Musico April 11, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Claudia change has never come easily to me and I’ve not always looked at it as exciting. Like many things in my life, my children have taught me how to embrace change and see it in a positive way.

    • Reply Claudia Good April 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      I love that you were open to learning from your kids! I never saw change as exciting until I traveled. Then something connected and I liked who I became because of it. I have been a fan since 😉

  • Reply Jody Berkey April 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I LOVE the thrill of change. I feel suffocated by stagnation and monotony. Even if it’s just moving the furniture around in a room, I crave feeling like I’m mixing things up and moving forward. I feel like I might actually need to rein in my craving for change ocassionally in order to provide a more stable physical environment for Elijah. It’s something we thought about when we were doing the travel PT thing. We had to stop for other reasons, but we still wondered.

    • Reply Claudia Good April 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      I hear ya! Are you guys feeling more settled now??

      • Reply Jody Berkey April 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        Yeah, we’re settled in for a bit. We’re staying put until at least next Jan. due to our lease. After that… who knows!?!? 😉

  • Reply Tom Dixon April 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I’m in my 6th house in 13 years…5th state – seems I’m always in a state of change – and I seem to thrive on it.

    • Reply Michael Good April 13, 2013 at 7:17 am

      Tom, we’re getting ready to move and there’s is really something about a move that’s refreshing. It’s great to go through all of our possessions and decide what we want to keep and what would be good to part with.

      • Reply Tom Dixon April 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

        We have moved so many times we are really “lean” on possessions. We’ve had to make those rationalization decisions so many times. It does make it feel like a fresh start when you get rid of some of your “things.”

  • Reply Michael Wright April 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Depends if the change is forced on me or not, really! Sometimes forced changes at work have turned out to be wonderful when I was fearful in the beginning.

    • Reply Claudia Good April 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Great to ‘see’ you again! Yes, forced change can catch us off guard and then be a blessing in disguise, love when that happens.

      Hope your little family is doing marvelous!

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