Change is one of the highest ingredients of Life.
It’s up there with honesty, trust and detachment.
It is the essence of Divinity.
Change, for better or for worse, is an obvious spectrum that defines change itself. Change is subject to one’s perception and application. The thief changed his tactics and stole more diamonds. That can be categorized as a positive change, but not for the jewelry storeowner. The thief then stopped smoking, also a positive change, so where’s the jury on this?
Our Earthly duality forces an arrayed spectrum upon us constantly. Black versus white, dark versus light. What exhausts me is hearing the oldie: “Is the glass half full or half empty?” because these dualities can get quite ambiguous, especially for children and stubborn adults. Maybe we can change that!
What about using the term “Improvement?” It absorbs change and takes it to a better place. Would mankind be better off using the word “Improvement” instead of the word “Change?” With that in mind, keeping a positive attitude enlivens the creative Spirit in us all — even the thief.
The word “Improvement” puts a distinctive momentum into performance, because it virtually captures every aspect of positive change and encapsulates it. “The athlete has definitely improved” consumes a multitude of changes undertaken by the athlete to excel.
The attitude behind improvement carries more weight and purpose, and with attitude there follows behavior. Focusing more on human behavior will serve us more than just the abstract of change. Rocks constantly change, though ever so slow. But seeing an alien in front of you would definitely change your behavior. The notion of improvement finds its root in emotions, which is connected to ongoing memory and recall.
The word “Change” connotes a rough and challenging process. “Improvement” actually connotes a celebration. Change can be viewed as a step-by-step process, while “improvement” can be taken as progress. Let’s take a litmus test, which feels better for you: “I see you changing” or “I see your improvement”?
The real hang up is that people don’t change unless forced into doing so by a life-changing event. In many cases, it takes funerals, accidents, illnesses, divorces and criminal acts to initiate change in a person. In all actuality people can’t change one another, even if warranted. Change comes slowly. When you tell someone to change, then they become more protective and will resist. “Telling” destroys creativity and kindles a quick rebuttal. So avoid “Telling” and begin to realize that any change in a person must come from within themselves. With respect to improvement, the Hebrew writings in the Talmud state: “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.” For me, mastering change doesn’t really get you anywhere, but mastering improvement should show you more promise.
There is a great disparity occurring in how our societies change. Since cultures vary from one nation to another, it’s hard to predict how change unfolds in a society outside of your own. Since the great recession of 2009, many nations struggled with economic change, whereas the United States definitely showed constant improvement. Look at the Arab Spring; it was perceived by many Westerners as change for the better. On the other hand, little improvement was realized. I think Gandhi missed the boat on a social basis when he said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” However, he hit the nail on the head when he related that phrase on an individual level.
Some literature suggests that God chose Lucifer to be the catalyst for a change. That Divine schema puts a tad of conflict into the picture. A little conflict serves as a great catalyst for change. But Lucifer went too far with that! Change is based on duality because it touches upon cause and effect and disappears into the quest to learn the unknown or satisfies the thirst for power.
To me, God is Change, which is contrary to Aristotle’s view that Change ends with perfection. Though, I consider God to be the perfection of change. What (or who) do you know that doesn’t change?
The prospect of human evolution carries two stages: from animal to human, and from human to the Divine. The book Change Your DNA, Change Your Life! presents a good take on this prospect. In 1995, most scientists and medical researchers held the notion that our DNA does not change. To them, it was a building block structure for our multi-trillion cells. Ten years later, all heck broke lose with the discovery that: yes, indeed, our DNA constantly and magnificently changes. Our DNA carries a self-healing capacity to move us forward in Life. The gist of this is laid out in the aforementioned book. It’s not so much about change, rather the blessings of improvement.
The next time you get married, or decide to reword your wedding vows, consider not saying “For better or for worse,” rather “For our eternal improvement.”
Peace and Health,
– Dr. Robert V. Gerard
Robert V. Gerard brings 49+ years experience in Senior Management, Financial and Marketing. He currently serves as a Senior Partner within Green Way Pavements directing Financial, Marketing and Training Operations. Previously Dr. Gerard was the publisher of Oughten House Publications. He keeps a super positive attitude and enjoys presenting information to enlighten individual pursuits in both personal and business sectors. Dr. Gerard’s educational and professional qualifications include AAS (Associate in Applied Science) in Civil Engineering Technology; B.S. in Social Psychology; M.S. in Human Resources Management; and a, Doctorate in Metaphysical Philosophy and Spiritual Psychology.
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