According to Mr. Oxford’s English Dictionary, change is to “make or become different.”
We always think of change with the BIG things: moves, job change, relationships, deaths, illness. But every day. Every day is the opportunity for change. We have the power to make or become different. For better or for worse.
How often do you encounter change in your day to day life and forget about it? Ignore it? Push the change aside. Refuse to allow it. Or spend too much time trying to understand the change, instead of using the change to your advantage? Or, even worse, let the change NEGATIVELY alter you?
At this point in January, so many people fail. They go, okay, that was a swell New Year’s resolution, but that’s done. OOPS. Maybe I’ll do better next year.
But you have the power to allow yourself to be changed for good.
The musical has many themes, yet one theme stands out in January: change. How do we react change?
When faced with an enormous set-back, Elphaba (aka the awesomely green Wicked Witch of the West), does not sit by silently. Instead, she (quite literally) rises to the challenge and decides to try “defying gravity.” Elphaba allows herself to feel the change, allows it to affect her, and picks a course of action. She could let the change pull her down and defeat her, but instead Elphaba accepts the change and uses it to soar to new heights. She may be scared, but Elphaba knows she has to jump into the river of change.
As Elphaba says:
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I through of playing by the rules of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!
Check out the full song of Defying Gravity on youtube, courtesy of the 2004 Tony Awards:
How you react to change is UP TO YOU. No matter how hard the change may be. Or even how trivial the change may be. Let yourself be changed “for good.”
It’s only January 12. How have you let 2013 change you so far? Have you shied away from your resolutions? (Or did you make resolutions for a “New You” instead of to “Love You?”) Can you allow 2013 to be the year you accept change? If you’ve failed, can you accept that change and BEGIN AGAIN NOW? Why wait until 2014? There’s a lot of days left in 2013. Love them. Experience them. Allow them.
As Gandhi says, “be the change you want to see in the world.”
When is the last time you faced a change, no matter how big or small, and instead of grumbling, instead of hiding, instead of insert other way of avoiding change here, you allow the change to set you soaring?
Have you tried defying gravity?
Give it a shot.