Experience changes a person. Tasks that once seemed challenging become easy. We pick up new interests, new jobs, new homes, new standards. New friends give us a different perspective on the world. “Normal” changes.
The passage of time can also take away: when we forget, when skills go unpracticed, when parts of ourselves become irrelevant or unacceptable and we box them up. Times come when we lose trust, love, freedom, imagination, even hope.
We push on, let go of who we were and accept new truths.
But flexibility cannot be infinite. A common thread – character – spins our life story. Life is a dynamic push and pull between conflict and peace. Destruction comes along with creation most times. That’s progress. But people often need to balance the scales, stand by principle and come back to who we were, and are, and will be.
Change, but do not change completely. Hold onto the best of yourself: what you’ve done and learned, your talents, tools, solutions and sources of happiness. Let go of whatever doesn’t serve you: fear, malice, self-destruction… A mere human cannot conduct the tides of change, but we can ride them well.
The turning wheel of fortune drives us forward.
Honesty. Humility. Curiosity. Creativity. Compassion. Faith. Love. Strength. Integrity.