: to become different
: to make (someone or something) different
: to become something else



Change (v.): early 13th century, “to substitute one for another; to make (something) other than what it was” (transitive); from late 13th century as “to become different” (intransitive), from Old French changier “to change, alter; exchange, switch,” from Late Latin cambiare “to barter, exchange,” of Celtic origin, from Proto-Indo-European root *kemb- “to bend, crook;” cognate with Old Irish camm “crooked, curved.”



“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

Mary Shelley (1797-1851, English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and traveler writer; best known for her Gothic novel, “Frankenstein”)

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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

Lao Tzu (6th – 5th Century BC - 531 BC, Chinese philosopher and writer, reputed as the author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism)

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Change, like healing, takes time.”

Veronica Roth (novelist and short story writer, best known for the Divergent trilogy, “Divergent,” “Insurgent,” “Allegiant” and “Four”)

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“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997, founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of nuns in Calcutta, India)

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“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881, Russian author and short-story writer, regarded as one of the finest novelist who ever lived; best known for “Crime and Punishment”)

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“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, theoretical physicist, who developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics; he also received The Nobel Prize in Physics 1921)

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“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, renowned 20th century inventor, visionary, and philosopher, who worked across multiple fields that included, architecture, design, geometry, engineering, science, cartography, and education)

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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

Lao Tzu


Changes, especially those that initiate us onto the next stage consciousness aren’t easy ones.  Actually, these shifts are challenging and can go on for time, especially if we resist our destiny and what we are meant to be.

Years ago, I was up in Rhinebeck New York, visiting a friend for the day. She and her husband lived on a beautiful property with a stream as their backyard.  As I stood on the banks of this beautiful body of water my mind immediately relaxed into a contemplative state of trance.

When I opened my eyes, I could see the elemental components of the water, which was composed of gold and silver energy that which separated but came together in the form and flow. I could also see that as the water flowed down stream it seamlessly maneuvered around rocks, drama-free.  These obstacles posed as interesting parts of the journey.

Nature can teach us so much if we only awaken to its magic.

Water is my favorite element, which always inspires me.  Each body of water is a living breathing organism and has its own unique character, malleable and capable of great change.  Water in its most purest and healthiest form never resists what it is.  A body of water can swell as big as waves in an ocean, or it can be as still and glistened as a sheet of ice.  Ripples can vibrate a lake from the effects of boats and swimmers, but mostly it chooses to be, endowed with beauty and generous in sharing its life.

New horizons are dawning, sojourners!  Let us open our arms to the gifts of change!  There’s a great deal to learn.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya


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