Macro Steps to Change

A few weeks ago, I was sitting at a coffee shop enjoying an afternoon salad. As I sat there, I noticed how the light was coming through the window and falling on a plant in a jar of water. I was intrigued with the combination of budding and decaying leaves. And I have always been drawn to this plant’s mix of colors. So I sat there staring at it and started to take a few photos with my iPhone. (Which do you like the best?) As I shot a few angles, I started thinking about change. Changes in this plant. Changes in the world around me. Changes in me.

Change is inevitable. Regardless of whether we are happy or sad, life constantly moves and change cannot be stopped. Some changes are small. Others are big. Either way, we are consistently altering: our age, our feelings, and our goals. I think about my past and remember some moments with pain, and others with a smile. Like dead leaves though, some memories cling to my mind while others fall away. I wonder, what makes us hold onto memories, especially the painful ones? I don’t know if I can answer that with a fact, but I found a quote from Andre Gide that shows it’s been questioned by others. “Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves!”

Perhaps we cling to memories, because those are the moments that define us. Those are the experiences that give us great joy, great pain. It is a common belief that a person’s character and growth can be traced back to critical life moments. In those times, we learned how others can hurt us, where are strength comes from and what makes us tick. According to Pauline R. Kezer, we need to remember the constant flow of events and changes to develop. “Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.”

However, most change does not happen over night. It is a gradual process that builds upon itself. Sometimes, we don’t even realize it is happening, but that doesn’t stop it. As I get older, I realize, the more aware I am of these little changes and how I react to them, the more ability I have to control the change in a direction I desire. Kind of like this plant that was cut and placed into jars. Some of its leaves rejected the altered environment, but others started to flourish. Slowly, the plant began to develop in its new confines.

And making those little adjustments is what makes us own our lives, control our change, according to Jillian Michaels. “‎Transformation is not five minutes from now; it’s a present activity. In this moment you can make a different choice, and it’s these small choices and successes that build up over time to help cultivate a healthy self-image and self esteem.”

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11 thoughts on “Macro Steps to Change

  1. You are so right. I have known people over the years who cling to bad memories and seem so bitter. I too have my moments of revisiting wrongs against me, but overall, I try to see what part I played and how I can move past the event. How can I be better? I figure if I keep my mind in the past, I am not here in the present. And I have wasted enough time in my life. No more. I want to LIVE:)

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  2. I greatly enjoyed the combination of your photos and thoughts. The Kezer quote resonates with me. I think we should enjoy our memories, those able to provide enjoyment, and use them as a base upon which we can grow. Bad memories can also be good for growth, but not to dwell on.

    janet

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  3. I really liked the last picture. It seems bright and fluid. I enjoyed your piece about change. Jillian Michael’s quote that you posted says that change is in the moment. We can change our minds in a second and things will be different. Love that.

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  4. Pingback: Phoneography and Non-DSL Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Macro (and Geranium Leaves) | Lens and Pens by Sally

    • I swear I sent a comment from my phone, but don’t see it now that I am at my computer…. So if you get two, just ignore me. I swear I am not drinking. Well, at least not at this moment 🙂 Thank you. I was all in a hurry and was just going to do pics but realized I was being lazy and if I stopped my racing brain, I could recall what I was thinking when I took these pictures. And I did! Thank you for your comment. I love your challenge as it give me an outlet for my endless phone pics and makes me channel my thoughts into words on “paper.” So thank you!

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