“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” - Carol Burnett
We had confirmation this Sunday, and Shaila was confirmed and I officially joined the Catholic Church. In order to complete my education and be able to join the church I had to participate in confession. I will admit that I struggled the most with this; not because of the actual confession, but because I had NO IDEA how to do it. When I would ask my family, they would just share bits and pieces and not really walk me through the steps. Fortunately, we have an incredible priest, who was very patient and kind and walked me through the process. As I reflected on my fear, I decided that I may have been making it a bigger deal than it needed to be. It was a very rewarding experience, and I am thankful that I was able to participate in it.
Do you ever catch yourself doing this, making things into a bigger deal than they really are? I know that I have done it many times with going to the dentist or trying something new for the first time. I absolutely know that some of you do this at work because I have seen it in response to changes that have been rolled out. In the end it all works out fine and the change is good, but the immediate resistance that bubbles up in each of us at doing something new or different seems to be unavoidable. Of course, there is that rare breed of adventure seekers out there that love the very idea of change and are constantly looking for new and different ways to do things. Thankfully, they drag the rest of us along with them or just think where we would be. This week I challenge you to reflect on one change that you initially resisted but after it was completed was the best thing that happened to you.
“Be flexible and adapt easily to new things” - Sunday Adelaja