Seeing Change As A Glass Half Full: Step 3

Step 3: Stay in the Present.
As the Girl Who Writes, I am pretty focused on staying in the moment. You are probably wondering, “Why would I want to stay in the moment when it’s the change that’s causing me to feel emotionally unsettled?” Great question. When it’s the moment you are in that’s bugging you, it’s tempting to think that focusing on the past or the future is a good idea, but it’s not.
When I’m faced with change, I am tempted to go back in my mind to the past or to think about the future. If I am unsettled by change, I often find my mind wondering, “What could I have done differently?” or “What’s going to happen in the future?” Though these questions are interesting, they are not necessarily helpful. For one, I can never ever go back and redo or undo anything. For another, I have no idea what the future will hold and how the current change in my life will impact it. Thinking about the past or worrying about the future doesn’t really do anything (other than waste time).
However, staying in the present can do a lot for you. If you are focusing on the present moment, you can deal with the change as it is happening right now.
Don’t worry about what might happen; live in the moment.
Don’t wonder what could have been; live in the now.
It’s not always easy to do, but it really does help to put everything in perspective and helps you to focus on the situation at hand. It is not my advice to obsess about what’s happening to you, but I would advise focusing on it. Assessing the situation and understanding what you can do about it right now is one of the best ways to accept and interact with the change you are facing.
As you all know, change can be a scary thing, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. No matter what kind of change I have encountered (and I’ve had some really great change and some really horrible change) I’ve learned from it. Change makes me a better person, even if I don’t always realise it at the time. Change can be interpreted any way you want to interpret it, but seeing change as a glass half full is the very best way to make the most of any situation.
 
How do you cope with change? Do you see it as a glass half full? Is it difficult to see the positive aspects of change?

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