Have I used this title before? I am pretty sure I have. I have written countless blogs over the past 8 or so years, and change is a pretty constant theme of mine.
I have a book by Neale Donald Walsh that sits on my desk downstairs with the sincere intention of reading. I bought it last year during a trip to Barnes and Noble and set it aside until I had more time. Because I am still working (which I have a feeling will change soon), I haven’t had the time, or the patience, I suppose. There’s always work to do, which takes precedence over leisurly reading.
The title of the book is, “When Everything Changes, Change Everything,” and I can’t think of a better time to start reading it.
For those who don’t know, Neale Donald Walsch is the author of the “Conversations with God” books. The premise of the series of books is that Walsch sits down at his computer one day, frustrated with his life, and writes a letter to God, demanding to know why bad things were happening to him. Though it is Walsch typing the words, he states they are not his words, but God’s.
I have read most of the series, which I think there are four or five at last count. Walsch has written other books, too. One of his books, on relationships, helped me understand that we enter into them for the wrong reasons. It was only after his words helped me understand that I was looking for someone to save me, that I could see why I was doomed to singlehood. He wrote that I needed to learn to love myself first and then enter into a relationship in which my partner and I helped each other grow. I learned that I had been self-centered and selfish in the way I was thinking, and I needed to look at relationships in a totally different way including how I saw myself in the relationship.
Needless to say, this man’s writings had a profound effect on my motivation for becoming a better person, which is why I value his knowledge so much. However, an open mind is a prerequisite. Walsch indicates that God is not vengelful, who expects his children to be perfect. Instead, God wants us to experience life to the fullest, to do something with it, to make mistakes so we can learn from them, and be the best human beings we can be. Walsch also writes that there is no right or wrong, only choices, which also explains his idea that there is no Heaven or Hell, only that which we make for ourselves.
His books are eye-opening, to say the least, but what it did most of all, was to help me understand that there is much more to life than what we allow ourselves to see, and what we choose to believe.
The title of this particular book suggests that when things change, we need to change the way we look at it. We can embrace change, strive to know more about how we can learn and grow through it. Or, we can fight and resist change, which only frustrates us and makes us feel bad. Any way you look at it, the result will eventually bring you to the same conclusion: Everything changes, regardless of what we want or don’t want.