What is change? Dictionay.com defines it as *to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone*.
Sitting here tonight I was thinking about all that has changed in the last few years; yes we can*t change politics and the state of our economy, or gas prices or the price of a gallon of milk, or even military battles being fought around the world or other things that we have no control over; but yet I find myself thinking of what I can change.
I can change my weight (ok maybe that is hard thing to change), I can change my job (although I love what I do), I can change my mind (just ask my husband I do that all the time), I can change relationships (people are constantly in and out of my life) or the color of my house (yes I would love to paint my house). I have the ability (and so do you) to change the life of a child and that in my opinion is the greatest change of all! So as I look at the upcoming changes Addie and Ethan leaving for VPK, Julia starting in my fcch; I think to myself how lucky I am to live and be able to adapt to these changes. Instead of looking at the negative, I must look at the positive; and realize that I have had a part in changing how Addie and Ethan (and the many many other children I have cared for over the years) have grown and that I now will have a new little girl to take in and love.
Some things have happened in my life in the past couple months, things that were out of my control. I had two choices to make in these changes; I could fight it and get mad, sad or depressed and let the change control me OR I could embrace the change, learn from it and adapt to it. I have chosen the latter. Change is inevitable and I have found that if I embrace it and learn from it my life is a LOT less stressful.
I hope we can each embrace the changes that life throws our way today and every day.