Change happens from the inside out

Change is not a New Year's fad

Change is a constant desire for many and as we approach the end of the year we consider the changes we want to make with clarity and conviction. All too often they are soon forgotten and we continue on as we have feeling bad about it. If you really want to make change you must first understand where it comes from.

A man goes into a Buddhist restaurant and ordered soup. He hands the monk $20. After waiting a moment he asks for change to which the monk replies, “Change comes from within.” For our external world to change there must first be a shift in our interior landscape.

Sometimes when things are not working out as we had hoped we want to make changes fast. So, we  move states, change jobs and even change partners. Nice try, but you still end up with you, wherever you go.

You can’t hide from yourself. You are the common factor in your life and, no matter where you go, what you do, or who you do it with you have to be there. If you don’t change internally, then all the external changes aren’t going to help.

Change is not about location. It’s internal, not situational and, when we recognise it as internal, we foster the shift in experience that we seek. In order to change, we must start to act. When we start to act, then we change, and that is the difference we seek.

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2 Responses to “Change happens from the inside out”

  1. paulhassing Says:

    Jolly good advice, WLB2. Many thanks! P. 🙂

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