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Making Change Manageable
By Rev. Samuel Blair

Rev. Samuel BlairWhy is change so hard? Perhaps it has to do with the fact that it reminds us how little control of things we really have. Maybe it's because change happens at some of the most inopportune times. Or maybe it's hard to change even a bad reality, because we don't know what that new reality will be like?

Perhaps, as author Marilyn Ferguson stated, "It's not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's that place in between that we fear." When change happens to us, whether we see it as welcome or not, it causes upheaval and loss. When we try and make change happen in our lives, there is loss as well.

Change is inevitable, be it something desired and longed for or a shot out of the blue. Being prepared for change can help make positive movements easier when they need to happen, and also help deal with difficult changes when they inevitably happen.

First, try and make change manageable. Changes can seem monumental and impossible at first, but if you can break that big change into manageable steps it will become much more manageable. Think creatively and pace yourself. Small changes can make a big impact in time.

Second, remember that there are always choices and options. Too often we limit our own choices by writing them off as impossible before they are even tried. Not asking for help is the biggest mistake you can make in handling change!

Third, and probably most important, is to be easy on yourself during change. Don't try and handle a big change without taking some other things off your plate. Also, if things don't work out as you hoped or planned, see this as an opportunity, not a failure. Many of the biggest successes came on the heels of several failures.

Rev. Samuel Blair, MDiv, is a Chaplain and Director of Spiritual and Bereavement Services for Gateway Hospice. For more information call Gateway Hospice's Pittsburgh office at 1-877-878-2244 or (412) 536-2020 or the North Charleroi office at (724) 483-2836.

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