“Come gather ’round, people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
And you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’ “ Bob Dylan
One day you wake up or an event happens and you find that things are not as they were before. It is human nature to resist change and stay with what is normal and familiar. Thinking of what the change means fills up with apprehension and our minds fill with how difficult life will be especially if the change is brought about by something we have no control over. We want our life to stay as it was and the future is uncharted.
The key word in the verse quoted above is “accept”. Accepting that the changes that you need to make are inevitable (or your condition won’t improve and is likely to decline) allows you to start to embrace the future. You can make plans for the future and start to throw light onto what you would like to be doing next year and the years to follow with the constant aim of being in the best of health. You can also fortify yourself with the mantra “Things won’t improve unless I take the responsibility to make things change”
So its time. First of all have a look around you and make a list of all of the things you would like to be better, the things you would like to change to make you the best you you can be. The you you would like to be. Now list the things that need to be overcome to achieve your new goal. Don’t see it as losing something, see it as the necessary sacrifice to get to where you want to be. Armed with these simple lists you can now set yourself some simple goals along the way to making all of the changes you want to make.
Nobody is saying it will be easy. You will need to overcome obstacles and make arrangements in some instances where other people need to be taken into account as well. You don’t want to discourage your supporters, however a compromise is often necessary so that they understand why you want to make the changes and that you cant achieve it without their support. Give them the bigger picture they will do what they can. Those that can’t see the bigger picture…..well they might not be the supporters you want or need – it’s time for a positive approach to the future and nothing else.
We’ll finish as we started with a quotation that seems appropriate;
” And you’ve shown me how I must learn to deal with this disease
I look at things now in a different light than I did before
And I’ve found the cause
And I think you can be my cure
So teach me to
Walk your path
Wear your shoes
Talk like that “
Things Can Only Get Better – D:Ream