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How Do You See Change?

Change happens whether it’s sought or imposed. Our perspective or view about change influences one aspect of our experience. Another part relates to our awareness of change. There are many ways we notice change has occurred. Discovering awareness channels are as important to the change process as change itself.


How do you see change?


One experience that consistently enables me to see change is by re-reading passages in my journal. While I don’t write daily, I write often enough to capture questions, challenges, fears, and accomplishments. By taking the time to visit what was, I’m able to see growth and change that’s taken place. It’s a very concrete awareness channel. 



I’ve written often about the influence on me of living in the northeast with four distinctly different seasons. In my book, The Other Side of Organized, the seasons create the arc for finding your balance between chaos and perfection. Each season has a flavor and mood. Each season brings an opportunity to reset, to review, to alter. Each season brings visible change to the external and internal landscapes. Every three months the changing season functions as my automatic awareness channel.



In a recent conversation with a friend, she described a change she noticed by observing reactions (her own and others) during conversations with family and friends. Her goal was to approach interactions with curiosity rather than a judgmental attitude. Both her own and other’s experiences of their conversations were transformed in a positive way. Growth and change were visible through her newly developed awareness channel.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. What are your awareness channels? How do you see change? Come join the conversation!




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Reader Comments (8)

I see change as the result of walking through a door when I don't know what's on the other side. I will probably be challenged, perhaps surprised, but either way, I'll grow. Staying curious and being willing to open the door is like telling change to "come on in!"

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

I see change in myself - in the last 5 or so years I've become much more adept at rolling with the flow. I used to really want to follow the plan or the schedule but I've changed and am now very open to altering my plan based on the situation. This is a wonderful change!

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

I see myself change with the seasons, and I see the change in my son as he grows, not just in his physical appearance, but in his maturity. Those who don't see or embrace change are missing new and brighter possibilities.

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

The way I noticed change in myself, looking to my past where I was and now where I am, is like watching a before and after mental picture, so I can grasp the full concept of my personal evolution. For example:

I was shopaholic now I think twice and harder before I buy something
I was less sensible to others pain and grief and now I learned pain and grief are ways to grow up so I'm more aware and sensible to others feelings and to my own process.

The only thing a human being can't stop doing is changing, the day we stop changing is the day we die.

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

How wonderful to "see" all of you! You always add so much to our conversations. Thank you for being here.

@Seana- Telling change to "come on in!" What a great attitude and perspective. Love it!

@Diane- How lovely that you've noticed change from your ability to go "rolling with the flow."

@Jill- Isn't it interesting how you use the shifting seasons to measure change in your self and others? Like you, I also find the changing seasons a powerful tool to noticing differences.

@Nacho- Have you ever seen this quote?…."Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine." And like you said, change is built into being human…"the day we stop changing is the day we die."

February 10, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I see change in everyday small completions and trust that these small events will add up to create change. Great perspective on change, Linda. You suggest that there are markers for change but that awareness is a key prerequisite. Back in my not so distant past I could not appreciate change because a channel for change was not clear to me. With my fluid global perception of the world it was not easy to see the incremental processes that leads to change. I also like that you leave this open to interpretation and personal preference.

February 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCameron Gott

I see change in small significant ways. It's first in our spaces with letting go of just a few things and feeling the change. It's in our green spaces where we walk and experience nature. It's in our relationships when we begin a new friendship. I've come to appreciate change and embrace change.

February 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ahhh. So wonderful to "hear" your voices. I love the positive energy and deep thought that you share with us.

@Cam- What a powerful statement… "see change in everyday small completions and trust that these small events will add up to create change." The key word is "trust." So important that in the process of transition and shifts we trust the journey. Change isn't a singular event but a series of things that happen which morph into something different.

@Ellen- I love the descriptions of all the ways you notice change from spaces to nature to relationships. But more than that, I love your openness to appreciating and embracing change.

February 14, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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