26 November 2008

Shifting Winds

"Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant." - Anthony J. D'Angelo

Changes. Ah, so much has been written about it. Nothing is permanent but change. When you change, you grow. When you refuse to, you die. It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

Wise folks shared all these wisdom and we were indoctrinated enough. But why is it that every time change looms on our dashboards our tendency is to hit the breaks? Sad fact is, even if we had pumped them brakes, the bleak horizon continues to travel towards us and inevitably envelope us like a massive column of sandstorm.

We shun change. We don't look forward to it, at least for most of us.

And what seems to be most undesired is the change of heart. Signs of it rearing its ugly head may slowly fade in. Yet more often than not, it comes without any notice. Sending gloomy chill upon the scenery, it causes throbs and twinges to the bones.

Being the social beings that we are, whenever the idea of separating from someone enters our mind, we are helplessly gripped with the cold blanket of sadness. Inside, we feel like some part of our being is being yanked away from us; we freeze and wince in pain in spite of the effort to conceal it.

It is hard to accept that a friend or a loved one will hardly be on call the next time you need them because this person is moving on to a new place. But the feeling is heavier should you find you have been mutually drifting on the opposite directions for some time.

Well, there are times you can feel the poignant shifting of the wind. The familiar lull is with you at the moment and you know what that means. Things are about to change. And you may be losing something dear or someone treasured.

That's life. Deal with it. But in the end, who knows who or what you might be finding. If that would be of any consolation.

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." -Franklin D. Roosevelt

the photo above this post "atlantic_splash_1" which I personally call "A Sad Man's Profile" is courtesy of dreimendoza;


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