Sep 112019

Grow or go. I’ve been thinking a lot about personal growth and change. Although currently living in a reasonably comfortable routine, it’s a thought that keeps rising to the surface. Grow or go. It’s demanding my attention with the intensity of a toddler in need of a response. Now.

Perhaps it’s the impending change of season though, in reality, that’s pretty hard to gauge here in the South. I’d attribute it to years of dropping in to a solid back-to-school routine but, again, that happened about a month ago. Thanks to hurricane Dorian, we all kinda missed Labor Day and that particular calendar-changing marker, so that’s not it either.

In this season of severe, unsettled weather, I  wonder if it’s a body’s response to the sounds of cicadas and impending changes in barometric pressure.

Is such a restlessness a body’s response to the sounds of cicadas & changes in barometric pressure? Click To Tweet

Grow or go. But where to?

Yet I imagine, once again, that it’s that thing that lives inside of me: the one that mercilessly nudges me forward. It’s beyond restlessness but instead a strong, simple knowing that it’s time. Time to change. And, since I’m astoundingly happy with my life and much of what’s happening in it, I can’t help but wonder what sort of change is coming. I hope I like it. I usually do. Eventually. So please enjoy some thoughts on change as part of my clumsy efforts to figure out what I think.

I can’t help but wonder what sort of change is coming. I hope I like it. I usually do. Eventually. Click To Tweet

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ― George Bernard Shaw

When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them. ― Andy Warhol

When people want to change there’s no stopping them

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Rob Siltanen

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change. ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

The only lasting truth

All that you touch
You Change.

All that you Change
Changes you.

The only lasting truth
is Change.

is Change.

Octavia E. Butler

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again. Eric Roth


Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change. ― Wayne W. Dyer








  12 Responses to “Grow or Go. But What Change Is Coming?”

  1. “Grow or go. But where to?” This is what I’ve been asking myself too lately! I’m glad I’m not alone, Andrea! I hope the changes are inspiring for each of us and thank you for the encouraging words of wisdom!

    • I think there’s an important warning embedded in that restlessness. I guess the best I can do right now is to be willing to hear what it’s trying to tell me. Thanks for stopping by. We’ve got this!

  2. This is exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you. XO

  3. Great quotes Andrea! You are correct- people only change when they want to. Some of us are better at picking up the subtle cues to move on while others experience great suffering. Many Blessings to you on your journey.

  4. Wayne Dyer’s words … and yours … have never been so needed as they are at this time. Change is inevitable, but how we perceive it is everything.

    • I stand corrected — see the next comment. These words did not originate with Wayne Dyer. I did get to spend some time with Wayne many years ago and he said so many things of this nature that it’s hard not to attribute all of them to him! Thanks fo taking the time to comment.

  5. That quote attributed to Wayne Dyer really belongs to Max Planck, a nobel winning physicist. Wayne popularized it and thus gets credited with it.
    While we may not know what’s ahead and there are few certainties, I have been involved in and fascinated with change for a long time. My tag line: “Change is inevitable. Plan carefully.” And, there are two kinds of change, planned and unplanned. You might or might not like my two recent blogs: “End of Life Matters” and “Choices and Decisions – Why and How” You can link to them on Twitter or through my web site. What I love is this: ““In the life that is left me, I am right now at my youngest. In an hour I will be an hour older. Tomorrow my body and mind will be a day older.” Shindo Aoyama

    • If you’re going to use my comment space for shameless self-promotion, the least you can do is provide my readers with links. But thanks for reading. And, by the way, it is blog “posts” or “entries” — the entire entity is the blog.

  6. Hi Andrea, This is beautiful! I’ve been feeling similar.. on the precipice of some MAJOR change and feeling all those emotions that go with it; excitement, remnants of doubt, expectation, pride and a teensy bit of “Hold ON – this is usually bumpy”. It helps so much to ground during this time. I figured this was the perfect time to restart my yoga practice. Change is tricky – because as you said I DO wind up liking it – but Oh the human ego struggles with it. It is an interesting dance to watch! Wishing you all the best for your upcoming changes! Sending love!

    • Thanks, Jenny. I am grateful to have re-started my yoga practice a bit ago. Yin yoga really helps me stay with the feelings you describe. I don’t know what’s ahead — but who does?

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