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.
© 2016 Suzanne Vincent