Quotes From Heraclitus

“There is nothing permanent except change.”

Change is always happening. 

We’re always changing because that’s what humans do. Without change, we don’t adapt, and we fall to the bottom of the food chain over time. 

Oddly enough, there’s people who actively resist change. They know it can’t be stopped, but they try anyway. The reason for this is that they want to stick to what they know. They don’t want to be forced to change their current state of being in order to adapt to something they’re unfamiliar with. Although it’s a natural human trait, it’s one that’s important to grow out of with time.

One way to begin accepting change is to find comfort in it. Yes, things are constantly changing. It can be stressful. It can be unsettling. It can even be frightening… unless you embrace it. In fact, this is a method used by psychologists to help people get over their fears; it’s called exposure. The idea behind it is to do something you’re scared of so that when you survive you’ll see that it’s not so bad. One example would be a person who’s scared of drowning swimming as deep as they can and then some. They come back up, and suddenly the swimming pool isn’t so scary anymore. 

We can do a similar thing with adapting to change. Trying to resist it is futile, but learning to grit your teeth and change as fast as possible can make things easier. One step is to think about the things you want to change. Maybe there’s a coworker who’s mean or your job is too stressful, but changing would eliminate those things. Sure, it might change a lot more than that, but when you get to the new job you’ll find comfort by telling yourself “yes, this is different, but at least I don’t have to deal with these other things.”

We find comfort in change by welcoming it, which gives us more comfort. It’s an exponential process, but it begins with you looking for a way to adapt and accept things.

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