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Coping with the unpleasant surprises of life called change


Date Posted: 1/23/2014 1:01:43 AM

Posted By: S Muhoro  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 140

As they say, there are only two things in life that remains constant: God and change. Since this is not a religious article I choose to focus on the constant that is CHANGE. Situations change, people change, decisions change, weather changes and so does everything else in life. Therefore I consider the ability to change accordingly to adapt to the changing situations and circumstances a vital human ability necessary for our survival. And it is how good you are at it that dictates how good you are in life.
A broken marriage, a loss of a loved one, loss of a job, change of policies and many more. These are all examples of not-so-sweet changes that can totally alter our lives and send us to a world where we are strangers. Therefore we must be versatile enough not to allow such changes rob us of our joys and pleasure in life.

Allow me to take you through several elements that I deem necessary in order to effectively combat such changes in life.

1. Anticipation
I am a believer in the saying that to be forewarned is to be forearmed. And since in this life there is no one who can tell you with absolute precision of the dangers that lie in wait in the near future, I operate under the principle that expect anything and anytime in this life. So, when shit will happen in your life it won’t take you by surprise because deep down in your heart you know that life is not fair.

2. A clear mind in decision making.
Moments of change are moments of change. By this I mean, when change comes, it calls for new decisions to be made in order to fit in the changes. Unless one has a clear mind, you might end up making

the wrong choices that will mess you up some more in the near future. This is my point, think through any choice, keep your cool and focus your choices on the future rather than just the immediate situation.

3. A support team.
Some changes come and shake us to the core and even our strength can’t keep us standing. At such times we need a shoulder not only to lean on but also to cry on. Of course this cannot be your own shoulder and hence the saying that no man is an Island. Always maintain a team of friends and relatives who you can count on to be there for you whenever situations require. This team is of great help in finances, information, decisions, resources and even networks. They see you through a situation that you wouldn't have handled on your own. They present a set of mind that can see beyond the messed up situation and deliver hope.

I hope to write another article on dealing with unfortunate change and point out other ways of coping with it. For now just remember that everything is changing, and only those that positively change with things will survive.

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