Wednesday, May 12, 2010

RESISTING OR EMBRACING CHANGE

Recently, I found some solace and guidance in this little piece by W. H. Auden


"We would rather be ruined than changed,
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
And let our illusions die.”

I recognize the constancy and importance of change.  At the same time, I usually resist it--initially, at least.  I am not one to change easily.  But even more than changing work or situation, I resist being changed.  One is an outward challenge; the other is an inward work.  Outward change is too-often opted for over change that is inward, particularly when inward change is what is most needed.  But sometimes change of situation and inward change go together, as if calling to one another.  But as much as I dread change, as Auden puts it, I am willing to "climb the cross of the moment" and dare to let my "illusions die."

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