Posts Tagged ‘Change’

That’s Putting It Mildly

July 20, 2021

Although circumstances may change in the blink of an eye, people change at a slower pace. Even motivated people who welcome change often encounter stumbling blocks that make transformation more complicated than they’d originally anticipated.

– Amy Morin

If It Were That Easy, Everyone Would Do It

May 6, 2021

I feel like after yesterday’s post that I should add that you can change the course of a river . . . but not by shouting at it.

It’s Just Taking Me A REALLY Long Time

February 22, 2021

As a quick follow-up to Friday’s post, I just wanted to add that I like to think that I’ve at least graduated to “caring jerk” status, but I’m aware that some opinions out there differ, and while I appreciate the assumptions out there that L’s Mother was the catalyst for my attempted change, the truth is I started trying to change this before I met her.

It Really Will

November 9, 2018

Some times the best you can do is take comfort in the idea that the situation will change eventually, and when it does, the desire to be struck by lightning will pass.

Lesson Learned. Now If I Could Just Get It Out . . .

January 10, 2017

If you ever doubt the power of small things making big differences, get a single grain of sand stuck in your eye.

Just Take It Bit By Bit

January 11, 2016

If every little (good) bit helps, then it only makes sense that every little (bad) bit hinders.  When trying to make changes, neither dismiss the little victories, nor discount the little defeats.

And either way, do better next time.

Sometimes Literally

August 26, 2015

Change has a tendency to occur gradually, but that’s only a tendency; change has the potential to happen so suddenly and/or catastrophically that it can take your breath away.

(I think Edward Gorey expressed this sentiment better, but since I’ve quoted him before, I didn’t want to just use the exact same quote again for today’s thought.)

Pretty Sure

September 30, 2013

On the subject of the continuing reorganization of my household, when I mentioned this topic to someone a while back, they warned me that trying to get more organized is tantamount to taunting the Universe to start throwing stumbling blocks in your path.

This is, of course, ridiculous.

So how is the reorganization going, you ask?

Temporarily off track, but still in progress.  Out of the blue, lots of things started breaking at once that completely knocked each and every one of us here off our schedule for a while.

But I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

Things DO Change (Part Two)

September 17, 2013

For most of my life I struggled with an erratic sleep schedule, meaning, in other words, that getting out of bed at a precise time was always a challenge . . . and one I frequently failed.  Oh, I never missed a shift at work or an appointment or anything like that, but if there was any flexibility in my schedule, no matter how important getting up at a particular time was to me before I went to sleep, it was significantly less important to me by the time the alarm went off.  Insomnia was a frequent result/cause of this.

Then my son was born, and insomnia became a luxury I could no longer afford, and sleep became a precious, precious commodity that was always in short supply.  Now that he’s older, time to sleep is something I have more reliably, but I still can’t afford insomnia because most days require me to not only be awake at a particular time, but alert enough to function at a “watching toddler” level.  Even those days when someone else is getting up with him, I find myself waking up automatically around 6:45 to 7:15 just to make sure I don’t need to get up, then go back to sleep, and if my eyes fly open at 7:35, my first thought is “I overslept!”

So yeah . . . things definitely change.

Things DO Change (Part One)

September 16, 2013

Since the other week I mentioned this household was undergoing “massive reorganization,” I thought I’d follow-up on that.  Things are definitely undergoing reorganization here, but it’s a bit too soon to call it “massive” yet.  Give it a few more weeks (or better yet, months) to determine which habits have been firmly established and which habits need shoring up, and then I’ll be able to tell you if it’s “massive” or not.

And I want to stress that I am in no way being pessimistic about these changes actually happening, it’s only a matter of when, not if.  But as anybody who has ever tried to change a habit can tell you, you can’t rely on the hope that it will magically happen overnight.  It helps me, at least, to prepare for the possibility of things not necessarily going according to plan since habits can be pernicious things when it comes to change.  Sometimes a habit can resist change for years despite your best efforts.  Of course on the flip side, sometimes you can plan and work for a long time without success, and then something does “magically” change everything.

Case in point: