“There is nothing permanent except change.” Heraclitus
Nothing in recent decades has created more change in the world than the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the fluctuations we are experiencing were not chosen by us. Some of us will incur permanent transformations. We will travel paths that we had not previously planned—a future not even imagined a few months ago. A new normal will evolve over time and likely will be different than what was normal in the past.
As I have listened to others, including extended family, I have noticed that there is a desire by some to forever change their lives – by choice. Not because the COVID -19 crisis is forcing them to change, but because they are choosing a new path. In the increased reflective time, because of social distancing, job losses and other dramatic life modifications are prompting many of us to rethink seriously about what we truly want to do .
Whom do I want to be when I grow up? What do I really want to do?
Change, often resisted by many – especially in more normal times of the past — turns out to be the one constant we have in life. Change. Often not a bad thing. And sometimes a hugely positive and life-changing element — if only we take time to recognize it. And, in today’s new world created by this pandemic, we are taking time to think about what is important. Do you sense this? Are you spending more time in reflection?
This pandemic has brought much pain to many. And a truly sad event for some of us may be the tragedy of a family member or friend who faces death alone. Some of us have already experienced the burden of loss of a job or major changes in our work environment. Others are sheltered in place for an indeterminate amount of our future. And yet, in the midst of all of these difficulties, opportunities exist. A moment to rethink our approach. To reflect on not only what we are doing, but how we do it. The core questions – the ones that really matter – may haunt us in the sober quiet moments.
What is truly important?
What is really essential?
Am I living my life in a meaningful way?
Am I living my destiny?
What questions are you currently pondering?
At our core, there is an inner urgency to be better, to want to make a difference, to change our world. Mission. Purpose. Destiny. In the moments of silence, these thoughts shout out loud. Are you listening to the most important counselor you will ever have in your life? You…you are your most important advisor.
When will you make that change that you so desperately desire, the one that cries out to you in your inner voice, the one that disturbs you in the quiet moments?
What kind of person have you always wanted to become? Were you meant to be kinder, gentler and more supportive? Do you want to be more prayerful? Who have you always aspired to be – the person who you were always destined to become? Are you making progress?
… is unfinished in your life?
… do you need to resolve with another family member?
… letter do you want to write?
… adventure do you desire to take?
… habit do you want to replace?
… is the most important goal you desire to accomplish?
… legacy do you want to leave behind?
What is your inner voice saying?
I will . . .