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Change is Inevitable

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Change is inevitable,
more frequently than some are comfortable with. Life changes almost constantly, yet so many of us worry ourselves sick over even the smallest changes in our self-perceived normalcy. Why is that?

Change comes, worry or not. Change comes, wished for or not. “If I could change the world…” to quote from the song performed by the immortal Eric Clapton.

Easy or difficult, small or large, life-changing or life-affirming, change comes to all of us.

George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

Profound! How about this one from Greek author, Nikos Kazantzakis:

“Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.”

Or, from Robin Sharma, a Canadian Leadership and Personal Mastery speaker who once said, “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.”

I’ve come, from personal experience, to find these insights to be entirely true.

I just wish I were better at dealing with that messy middle bit.

This month’s stories are all about change. For some, it is expected, for others not. Each character deals with it differently, some successfully, some not. But each story touches the heart and, hopefully, will make your next life change a little richer.

First up, from Hannah Dela Cruz, “A Box Full of Winter.”
From FFO Alum, Kelly Sandoval, “A Menagerie of Grief.”
Another FFO Alum, Kat Otis, offers us “Hinterlight Abbey.”

And, finally, this month’s reprint selection, “Molten Heart,” by yet another FFO Alum, Alexis A. Hunter.

Just remember, if nothing ever changed there would be no butterflies.

Suzanne Vincent

Suzanne Vincent is the editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online. That’s what people think anyway. Actually, she’s really a pretty ordinary middle-aged woman packing a few extra pounds and a few more gray hairs than she’s comfortable with. As a writer, she leans toward the fantasy spectrum, though much of what she writes is difficult to classify. Slipstream? Isn’t that where we stick stories when we just can’t figure out where else they go? Suzanne’s first professional publication was right here at FFO, published before she joined the staff: “I Speak the Master’s Will,” — a story she’s still very proud of. While she doesn’t actually have time to blog anymore, she once did. You can still read her ancient posts on writing at The Slushpile Avalanche. Suzanne keeps a house full of kids (3), a husband (1), and pets (too many to number) in Utah, USA. Yes, she’s a Mormon. No, there isn’t another wife. Mormons haven’t actually practiced polygamy since the 1890s. Too bad. She’d love to have another woman around to wash dishes and do laundry.

 

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