And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time. – Libba Bray
I love my life. I’m blessed with my two beautiful girls, Allegra and Ruby. I get to do work I love every single day. I have wonderful friends. I have a safe, warm home. And yet, as we got another foot of snow on Monday, I started to think about making some big changes. Namely, moving to a warmer climate where I will never have to shovel snow again.
I’ve lived in the same house for the last 30 years, so for me to even start to think about moving is a big deal. I have a love/hate relationship with change. I often think that one of the many reasons why I love cats is that they are creatures of habit who don’t like having their routines disrupted.
Moving right now would be a bad decision for me for a lot of different reasons, not the least of which would be the disruption and stress it would cause to Allegra and Ruby’s lives. And spring is right around the corner, and usually, our winters aren’t this awful. But the fact that the thought even popped into my head made me think about change in general.
While many of us may long for some big changes, it’s not always possible to make these sweeping changes in our lives. But everyone can make small changes.
A small change can be something as simple as arranging your breakfast on a cheerful floral placemat that makes you think of spring instead of eating it standing up at the kitchen counter. It can mean taking an afternoon off to go to a museum to look at beautiful paintings. It can mean spending some time looking through vacation photos.
Even though our cats are creatures of habits, I suspect that they, too, know the value of small changes. Why else would they decide, for no rhyme or reason that we can discern, that a formerly favorite nap spot just won’t do anymore? Maybe it’s because the new spot is even more purrfect?
And therein lies the power of change: it lets you view life from a different perspective. And sometimes, even a minor mindset change can have big results.
Have you been wanting to make some changes to your life? What’s one small thing you can do today to move you closer to your goal?