Science tells us that every single cell in the human body replaces itself within 10 years. Changes in the body are obvious to the eye, and we don’t question that our appearance will change over a period of ten years. A more interesting question, perhaps, is how long it takes for change to occur in our hearts and minds.
I was having dinner with a group of friends when a disparaging comment was made about a mutual acquaintance from high school. My friend Sarah asked why the comment was made, and the accuser recalled an episode from 9th grade. “Well,” Sarah replied, “9th grade was over ten years ago – don’t you think they’ve changed? We’ve all made mistakes.”
Pure genius, right?
It takes strength to be kind, and it takes wisdom to realize we’re all flawed. Each of us is constantly changing, growing, and learning, and we’re bound to make mistakes as we journey through life. We do the best we can until we know better, and when we know better, hopefully, we do better (to rephrase Maya Angelou).
Be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and practice forgiveness whenever you can.
They say time changes things, but that’s not true – it’s people that make the changes. Change happens one person at a time, step by step and choice by choice. External change is inevitable, and even if we don’t make a conscious effort to change, we still change irregardless in relation to our evolving environment.
My random act of happiness today was focused on change, and, more exactly, positive change. Change is inevitable, but my hope is that people intervene in their own lives to make positive change not only possible, but probable.
I made smiley faces with a .75” diameter, printed them on sticker paper, and then attached them to the back of pennies. With a pile of ‘positive change’ in my hands, I went about the business of leaving happy pennies around the neighborhood.
Personal change starts with yourself, and you alone are responsible for the things that happen to you. If you don’t like where you are, consider changing directions. Forging a new path might be difficult, but it’s ultimately much easier than remaining in an undesirable situation.
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