”All of us experience a change in our lives. Change is the one constant in our lives. There are changes that we look forward to and change that we fear. Things will not stay the same, no matter how much we would like them to. When a life change occurs, we have two choices in how to respond. We can despair that a change has come and assume that things will be worse, or we can look with excitement at the new possibilities for personal growth and change in self that the change presents.”
— Source: www.familyfriendpoems/com/life/change
America is changing. Everything is changing. Today the change has brought us to a time of transition. We call this transition a paradigm shift. A paradigm shift is when everything is changing. This created a time when you cannot go back to the way things use to be. What can you do during such a time as this?
You can recreate your life. This creation must be radical and new.
How do we create a radical and new self? The wrong way is to try something new. The best way is to be someone new. The major problem is everyone has a small child inside them who is scared to change.
The child inside says, “Let us return to a slower and safer time.” During the time of a paradigm shift, that is impossible.
Emerson wrote, “Not in his goals, but in his transition man is great.”
In a time of transition, look for some idea or experience that leads you to the next step. Remember, it is never about time or money. It is about getting started, not getting ready to start, by asking the question, “What kind of new person am I going to be?”
Is it possible you are happy with what you were before the paradigm shift? Is it possible you are willing to change and become someone better? Today, I want to introduce you to the poem “The paradoxical Commandments” by Kent M. Smith.
The Paradoxical CommandmentsBy Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
May the people in your life be a blessing and may you be a blessing to the people in your life. If the times demand radically change, does this not sound like the better changes each of us might need to make?
Jarmon Perkins is a retired pastor who lives in Princeton.