Life is all about the ebb and flow of people and events in and out of our lives. Growth and change are so necessary and essential to living, and yet they are the two things that humans collectively seem to run from the fastest.
I saw this post on Facebook today: http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/18/sand-glass-traffic-light-concept-its-about-time/. Honestly, it would not have mattered to me either way, left no impression, except for the fact that so many people had left comments, mostly in opposition. Why does it matter if we have a new stoplight system or not? I don’t think it really does, but innately, the thought the change causes us to tense up inside.
I’m not going to lie, I was looking at it and initially my head was screaming, “NOOOOO!!!! This is stupid! We can’t change the system! What’s wrong with what we have? Then everything will be different!” When really, I couldn’t care less what the stoplights look like as long as people follow them and I don’t get “T”-boned.
Change is hard. It causes us to grow, to exit the comfort of familiarity that we love so much. We become stretched to our limit, sometimes outside of it. However, if we allow it, change can make us stronger. Change can help us become the best version of ourselves. It can lead us towards holiness.
This reminds me of a story I once heard about a butterfly. It was working its way out of its cocoon. This process is a grueling one, and takes many hours of struggling and work to emerge as a beautiful butterfly, with brightly blossomed wings. A man was walking by and saw the butterfly entangled in the cocoon and decided to help the butterfly along. So he peeled away the cocoon and the butterfly was freed. Only, the butterfly’s wings were not fully developed and it was not able to fly away. The struggle of emerging from the cocoon helps to build a butterfly’s wings and the butterfly is able to become what it was created to be.
Change can be painful. Change can be grueling. But in the end, if we have allowed ourselves to grow and develop within it, we emerge on the other side a fully blossomed creation.