Some people thrive on change and uncertainty, gaining energy from the frantic and shaky nature of it all, doing their best work or being their best selves in the thick of transformation.
I am not one of those people. Fly by the seat of my pants? No way!
I’m a big fan of routine and comfort, and curveballs tend to throw me for a major loop. Once I’m able to sit down and plan a strategy, I feel much more capable of dealing with issues and problems that may arise. I’m not a compulsive worrier about everything necessarily, but I do find myself dwelling frequently on the future, and the longer I think about it, the more rattled I can become.
It’s a feeling I’m sure most of you can understand: the innate concern for your plants as they grow and mature, or the underlying, ever-present fear of a farm accident or an equipment breakdown. Spring, in particular, can pose a particular challenge as we case off our winter routines and adapt to the rhythms of a new season.
However, one of my goals for 2014, in addition to eating more homemade doughnuts is to be more accepting of change—to focus less on the future and more on the here and now. In no time, the environment around us will be flourishing, and by worrying about what the new season will hold for us, we can miss out on the beauty of the transformation.
Abraham Lincoln said it best: No matter how intense or frightening the future may seem, it will always come one day at a time, and I know I can handle that. For someone who can spend valuable time and mental energy on concern, that comforting chronological flow really is the best thing about the future. As long as I have day-to-day plans, goals and routines in place, I know that I can field the inevitable curveballs headed my way—I just don’t have to like them!
How do you cope with change and uncertainty during this season of transition? Share your advice in the comments below!