Change: The Great Constant
I might be mangling that quote, but dang, isn’t it the truth? Like I mentioned in my last post, I haven’t come across any situation yet that’s permanent. That point was driven home to me today.
In addition to my full-time “get dressed up and sit behind a computer” job, I have for many years worked part time as a group fitness instructor. Today I found out that the gym where I have taught for many years (and where I have loved working) was sold to a national chain. There was much frenzied exchange between myself and other instructor friends, as we were all taken by surprise. Much of our discussion revolved around fear of the unknown … what was going to happen to us, the members, the other people who work there?
There is certainly a difference between the change that you initiate yourself, and the change that’s brought on by outside events. In the former, you feel a sense of being in control. You’re the one who decided! The latter, though, is much more frightening. What does the future hold? Why would someone else make a decision that directly influences me so much? It’s often unwanted, and it can provoke many unsettling emotions – anger, sadness, fear.
I’m sad that this era is coming to an end. This wasn’t the fanciest gym but it’s always been the friendliest. I’ve worked for more high-end places, and they might have paid more or had fancier equipment or nicer locker rooms, but it just wasn’t as welcoming or rewarding. I’ve made genuine friendships, and the good thing is that those will stay with me long after the transition has ended. Nonetheless, I’ll miss it. It’s been a great run.
And so it goes with change … some of it is welcome, some of it is not. But it’s a fact of life, and today I am focused on acceptance of this. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.