The phrase "Life is about embracing change" is often attributed to Mark Twain, but can be found in many cultures around the world. The essence of this quote is that we must be willing to accept change and change our lives accordingly, or we run the risk of being left behind.
If you look around, it's easy to see why this advice is true - from technological advances to changing social dynamics, everything around us is constantly evolving. There is not much we can do to influence these external forces; rather, our only real choice is how we choose to respond to them. Ideally, we succeed in embracing change, but the truth is that we often fail at this.
Those who are able to embrace change will not only understand their environment better, but will also be more successful overall than those who stubbornly refuse to move with the times. This doesn't just apply to big life decisions - even small changes like trying a new activity or taking an unusual route home can lead us down exciting paths that expand our horizons and help us learn more about ourselves. When we focus on developing and exploring ourselves, life becomes a great adventure.
In short, embracing change doesn't mean giving up your values. It just means recognizing when something is no longer working for you and having the courage to redefine yourself and your goals so that you become a better version of yourself every day. As Heraclitus famously said, "No one gets into the same river twice" - if we are open and flexible with life, we never run the risk of missing out on great experiences.
In Daoism (here you will find a Introduction to Daoism) and also most other great philosophies it is emphasized again and again how important it is to understand that everything is in a constant change and stagnation is unnatural. No wonder, then, that our efforts to preserve things involve immense effort and are ultimately doomed to failure. As the legendary founder of Daoism taught to approach things without expending unnecessary force we look at here.
How do you handle change? Do you welcome it or do you often find it difficult to accept?