CHANGE

Change Happens

Depending on our age we may have seen tremendous changes in our lifetime. I doubt that change is as evident to younger adults or that they have time to give it much consideration in their busy lives. As a retired person though, I have time to contemplate such trivial topics. This subject came to me yesterday as I walked past a soccer game and observed young parents dividing their attention between their kids playing on the field and the screens of their smartphones. I thought back many years to when I watched my children playing and while my mind may have wandered (ok, it did wander) I would not have been distracted by an electronic device as we are today. As I continued walking it dawned on me that because of these ubiquitous phones we no longer need to wear a watch, although we are likely to be wearing an activity tracker that includes the time along with our number of steps, miles, heart rate and other data. The same is true of alarm clocks, maps, calculators, newspapers, cameras and so much more made redundant by this one small gadget.

I might have first genuinely appreciated the changes that a lifetime can hold while talking to my stepfather when I was fifty or so and he was in his eighties. We were in the milking barn at his dairy farm and he was sitting comfortably in a leather recliner watching an automatic feeding system advance food to each cow patiently waiting in her stanchion. As the conveyor belt moved food and hay down the length of his modern barn I recalled my childhood seeing my father in his small barn where he did everything by hand including milking each cow twice a day. This was change, this was progress, but it still made me a little sad.

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Is change Good?

Overall, change is good though, right? For the most part, I believe that it is, but we cannot deny that with progress has come loss. In my own lifetime, certain things come to mind that I wish I could experience again, for example not only being with Dad as he worked the farm, but wading in Crooked Creek with its sandy bottom and creepy crawfish, swinging with my cousin, Pat, on our grandparents front porch, riding my bike all over town with my best friend, Jeanie. Those years of innocence and discovery are the ones I miss most from my youth. I also miss the simplicity of my daughters’ childhoods growing up in a subdivision filled with other young families where they played outdoors with friends and each day held new experiences. We cannot go back, but I am grateful for memories of each phase of life. I may be through making scrapbooks, but I’m not through making memories even though they are peppered with jokes about age, lamenting the loss of height and trying to keep up with medical appointments.

I refuse to be intimidated by change, by technology or by the things that have been lost over time. Change may not always be welcome, but it is inevitable.

How about you? What are your thoughts about change? Again, more to come!

“The secret of change is to focus all of yor energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  Socrates

6 thoughts on “CHANGE

  1. So glad to see you writing again…you take me back to simpler times. Personally I don’t think I like change very much. I enjoy the same old westerns I’ve seen many times before, I grimace at my banking app that keeps changing and have struggled more than once with Google Docs where Word was standard. I do love seeing my girls grow and become independent women, I like Seasons but there is that reassurance that the colored and fallen leaves return on the same branches and trunks and behind my girls’ laugh is the same sweet little smile of their youth hiding behind their eyes. You and Dad both changed a good deal through the years but I am eternally grateful for all that stayed the same – love of your family all the years of your lives (and many more happy years to come I hope with you). I don’t suppose real love ever changes it just runs deeper.

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  2. I see “balance” as what holds everything together; with change and chaos on one side of the scale and all the solidifying “constants” on the other.
    I too, have a great need for those things that I can expect will always stay more or less the same. They are the things of familiarity that provide me with peace and comfort.
    Change can be wonderful, refreshing, and much needed, but on a personal
    level, I seem to thrive in my world of comforts. I want to hold a book in my hands, not a Kindle ( though I will hold a Kindle if I have to) . I do not want to bank online and I don’t… change is not always for the better. Society’s endless thirst for ease and convenience is a major driving force behind change.
    On a grander scale, though many people feel that many changes need to be made, there is that one “constant” that exists… we all see things in different ways, good or bad. If we all had the same thoughts, the same goals, the same beliefs… we would be nothing more than a race of mindless Cyborgs.
    So for me…
    I need to see the stars every night, and the light of every day…

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