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Change: Life Is All About It

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.”

-Alan Cohen, author

This weekend, as most go, flashed by in a blink. If someone invents a mechanism by which we could reduce the speed of life, I might just save up for it. When the leaves drop from the maples, ashes, and walnuts like miniature bombs falling to their target zone, you know it’s time to pack up the garden hose and flush out the water spigot. Autumn’s leaves will soon be winter’s sleet and snow and chilled air. It’s this change of seasons in Minnesota that makes life exciting.

Last evening during dinner our conversation ran from topic to topic just as naturally as those leaves, noted in the previous paragraph, fall to earth. We stopped for a long while on the subject of change and how welcoming – or unwelcoming – we each embrace the change that presents itself every day, week, month, and year. I’m not so much an agent of change – a catalyst eagerly turning to the next page before I’m only halfway through the current page (although I’ve certainly made changes – choices good and bad – that have resulted in the sea-change kind of moments that will live with me forever). I tend to make my best effort to slow down and enjoy the present moment and live life. I know whatever is to come – the surprises and the heartburn – will come. That page is going to turn itself, you know, and then we can write it or read it.

While I’m open to all forms of change, I also appreciate my comfort zones. Adults reach this point in life when we know what we can tolerate and what we just simply can’t put up with. Stupidity. Compulsion. Incompetence. Disregard for the innocent. Intent to cause harm. These are all on the “won’t tolerate” list. Naivete. Inexperience. Opposing ideals or beliefs. Differences in style, tastes, interests. These are all things we’ll tolerate because we know (and when I say “we” I mean the educated, the read, the informed and those of us who are actually interested in humanity as a whole) we’re not perfect or righteous and we live in a country that allows for differences as well as encourages learning about them.

So when we talked about embracing or avoiding change last night, it made me think. What would our lives be with no change at all. If time stopped for awhile and the world lived in a Bill Murray-esque Groundhogs Day movie – even if just for a week or two. Would we be delivered from that experience with a renewed appreciation and passion for change of the most common kind – having oatmeal for breakfast instead of toast for example? Would we strive to effect change in a way that we didn’t prior to the Groundshog Day experiment? Would we walk out the front door and into our neighborhood, city, state, and country with eyes wide open to all the troubles surrounding us and do something to make a difference?

We can’t assume anything. We can’t tell the future. But we can embrace the change life presents us – especially when it’s begging to happen and ultimately puts back on its axis our wobbling, out-of-whack microcosm in which we live.

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My blog posts on politics are few. Plenty of pundants exist in the world to cover this election year and its ensuing results. God bless the political bloggers one and all, because it’s a god-awful task to follow all this subterfuge, pining and posturing.

But today, I’ll note John Edwards and his decision to withdraw from his bid for POTUS.

It’s time for me to step aside so that history can blaze its path. We do not know who will take the final steps to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but what we do know is that our Democratic Party will make history. We will be strong, we will be unified, and with our convictions and a little backbone we will take back the White House in November and we’ll create hope and opportunity for this country.” -John Edwards.com

Edwards realized he had “no real path to the nomination and it was time to step aside,” a spokesman for the doomed campaign told the media earlier today. Let’s face it, nice guys finishing third in their home state primary don’t have much hope to win a nomination for anything except the “Nice Guy” Award. Couple that with a platform that’s about as milk toast as it gets and Mr. Edward’s decision was pretty easy to make at this juncture. While unfortunate for the lack of interest future televised debates will bring having one less candidate on the dais, his removal from the campaign does give clarity to the Democratic side of the race.

My Independent, Democrat and dysfunctional Republican friends, you now have a choice between two remaining front runners who will no doubt go well into Spring kicking each other in the chin: Billary and Barack.

Mrs. Clinton obviously has her own problems to contend with as her campaign falls into the late January deep freeze – namely her husband’s angry mouth. Someone please dial Monica for her thoughtful lips tips on how to shut that pie hole of Bill’s.

Barack, on the other hand, clearly has momentum going into February. Not that Senator Kennedy’s public backing is all that, but let’s face it, the cash drawer on the Obama campaign just got filled to the brim. In fact, I doubt the campaign volunteers can possibly count all the money, let alone spend it fast enough.

Seems that, like it or not, America is up for change when it comes to who gets the key to the White House next January.

And as Sheryl Crow so aptly taught us, “…A change will do you good.”

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Don’t Like It, Change It

On Colleen Wainwright’s blog, aptly called The Communicatrix, she has once again written a fantastic post. This time it’s on the nuances of change – and how we think things should be in our lives vs. how they really are. Again, better words couldn’t be written to describe this place we all find ourselves in…and how we wonder to ourselves, “Just how in the hell did I get here?” and “Where’s the window, door or other exit that will take me where I want to be!”

Read it.  You’ll like it. Pinky swear.

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