"What can we take on trust
in this uncertain life? Happiness, greatness,
pride - nothing is secure, nothing keeps."
There's a saying: "If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change". For anyone who uses Facebook, Wednesday was a day of change. As they have in the past, Facebook changed the layout of many of its main features. This did not surprise me. Being part of a generation of people for whom using computers daily is the norm, I've become accustomed to the way things change and adapt accordingly. Soon enough, we'll all be used to the change and won't even remember what it was like before.
What did take me by surprise was how upset the change was to so many. The reactions ran the gamut from annoyance to outrage and everything in between. One Facebook user posted no less than 15 posts back-to-back decrying the change while attempting to rally the troops to revolt. A fairly extreme reaction to the whims of a free social networking site, no?
Now, don't get me wrong, there was a time when I felt the same way about change. I dreaded it, resisted it, complained about it (still do sometimes!), but the funny thing is, it keeps coming. Over the years and with a lot of practice, I started to realize that change is something that I can't control - none of us can - but what we can control is the way we choose to react to it. If you've ever engaged in the practice of really paying attention to your body, mind, or thoughts, you most likely noticed that your body, your mind, and your thoughts are constantly in flux and never the same. They are always shifting and morphing, like the weather, from moment to moment. Shift happens. It is an undeniable fact of life from which nothing that belongs to this earth can escap
Until next time...
"Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer." ~Shunryu Suzuki
Thursday night's playlist:
"Of A Broken Heart"-Zwan
"Skinny Love"-Bon Iver
"Awake My Soul"-Mumford and Sons
"I'm In Love With A Girl"-Big Star
"Baby I Love You"-Aretha Franklin
"Killed Myself When I Was Young"-A.A. Bondy
"Hard Sun"-Eddie Vedder
"Tennessee Me"-The Secret Sisters
"Love Is All"-The Tallest Man On Earth
"I And Love And You"-The Avett Brothers
"Love Is My Religion"-Ziggy Marley
"Heart of Gold"-Neil Young
"Helplessly Hoping"-Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
"My Sweet Lord"-Yim Yames
"Love (2000)"-John Lennon
"Love and Communication"-Cat Power
"Don't Let Us Get Sick"-Warren Zevon