How does the saying go? “The only thing that doesn’t change is that change happens.” Or something along those lines. Life right now has got me reeling. Feeling bombarded with change but no clear path through the chaos.
And this is the moment when it can all fall apart. Everything crashing down like a juggler who missed a catch and now the bowling pins are ricocheting off the floor. Or this is the moment when the world will stand amazed at the show, watching as the flow of the juggler’s hands move the objects through the air in a synchronized dance.
We all have been at this moment.
I’ve learned a few things about how to get through this moment, even though I know my insights are nothing new, I will share.
1. You have to start with something. The biggest stumbling block is inactivity. Letting the overwhelming feelings keep you frozen. Starting with something, however small the task, gets you in a different mind set. It gets you feeling like you can handle the change.
2. Ask for help. I don’t do this well, I will confess. It is a mix of pride and trust that keeps me from asking for help before I get too overwhelmed. But life is a team sport. In fact, I have learned that helping others creates the strongest bonds. We open our hearts when we ask for help, and when we do things for others.
3. There is a path. No matter how lost we feel, there is a way through the maze. Change is just one of those huge junctions that leave you wondering which way to go. We may hit dead ends, make a ton of left turns, but there is a path. We just can’t see the whole maze.
So, I am in the middle of change. I would like to take this time to pay tribute to Mr. Gary Monter, who passed away last week. He was my principal at Centura and was a friend that helped me find my way in the past. I miss you. But I have the foundation you helped me build as a teacher and person to continue finding my way through this maze.
Music was a keystone of our friendship. “Hold On,” by Alabama Shakes, was the last music suggestion Mr. Monter sent to me. It is a fitting way to end this post.