On this little blog, I write about what I see and notice and think about.

I’ve noticed the pattern with some people — and these are people who like to see themselves as highly evolved spiritually — that they will always gravitate toward change.  They revere change.  They yearn for it.  They create it.  They (may I even say…) worship it — hold it in the highest regard.

Don’t get me wrong… change IS good.  I also strive for change — especially change around things that are not feeling right, or going right.  When we cease to change, we die.  Simple as that.  So, I strive for change and evolution within myself.  I like to update my clothes and the decorations in my house.  I like to challenge myself to learn new things, to see things from a broader perspective.  I enjoy meeting new people, so I can learn yet more about what other people care about.  I am mindful of when situations and relationships no longer serve me and I let some go when I need to.

But, that’s not what I’m noticing in some people.  Some people pursue change to avoid being still, as if stillness was the same as stagnancy.  It’s not the same.  I see and feel that some people get really agitated if things are still for too long. 

In an effort to avoid the discomfort of being still for too long, they change something.  And, I see ego creeping in,  congratulating them for having the courage to make change, and to deal with the fall-out.  I see ego telling them they are more spiritually advanced for making changes for the sake of making changes — and maybe even MORE spiritually advanced than those people who haven’t changed something recently.

“Out with the old, in with the new!” is their motto.  Again, not an entirely bad motto.

But, there can be great value in letting things be for a while.  We can find a balance between appreciating the constant, “old” things while embracing change and “new” things.  If we always throw out the old in favor of the new, I feel we lose our grounding and our root system.  We can expand our roots, deepen them and branch out from them AND we can grow our top-most branches.  We can reach for great heights and find the changing seasons reflected in our growth — buds, flowers, full leaves, ripening fruit and eventually a dropping off of the old. 

I caution an over-valuing of constant change at all cost, just as I caution an over-valuing of preserving “tradition” at all cost.

As always, it’s the yin in balance with the yang.