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How to Deal with Change

Seasons Change and So Do We Michael Corthell "The beauty of change is found in its ability to reveal the resilience and adaptability within us." Change is an inevitable aspect of life, whether we embrace it or not. The more we resist change, the more we experience pain. Buddhism recognizes the inherent beauty in the transformative nature of existence. It compares life to music, where if a note or phrase is clung to beyond its intended duration, the melody is lost. Therefore, Buddhism can be summarized in two simple phrases: "Let go!" and "Walk on!" Release the desire for self, for permanence, and for specific circumstances, and instead flow with the rhythm of life. Our first reaction to the unexpected change is usually quite negative. Feeling vulnerable and maybe even threatened, we can react badly. In fact, we go through stages: Surprise (shock, wondering why this is happening to us.), Panic (how the changes will impact us and if we'll be abl

Change: Adaptation is a Necessary Skill

by Michael Corthell If someone says to you, ''Tell me what to do!''  What is the best answer? There are millions of answers, and it is okay to honor their request, especially to help them out of a 'spot', but a better request for them to make is this, ''Please help me train my mind to adapt to any circumstance.'' This is very much like teaching someone to fish, rather than just giving them a fish.  Helping other people to find within themselves the tools not only for survival but to also grow and THRIVE is good. ''Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.'' —Stephen Hawking While answered questions and planning are necessary, people who accept life on life's terms, the stoics, don't need an answer for every question or a plan for every single contingency. They simply do not worry. Why is that? Because they have confidence in themselves. They believe that they'll be able to adapt to any situation an

The Are No Limits Save the Ones We Impose on Ourselves

 by Michael Corthell A limitation is a hindrance, something that keeps something from moving. Self-imposed limitations keep us from growing and moving forward with our lives. They are the result of a negative mindset or 'I can't' thinking. Groups of people can set limitations also. The best example of self-imposed limitations by 'group think' is in breaking the barrier of the   ''4 minute mile'' . Back in the mid 20th century, track and field athletes tried and tried to run a mile in under four minutes, but it just wasn't happening. 4 minutes seemed to be an unbreakable barrier. In fact, it seemed to be an outright impossibility. Then on May 6, 1954, an English runner, named Roger Gilbert Bannister ran the mile in 3:59.4 minutes to set a new world record. Right afterward, runner after runner broke his record. Why? In the successive runner's mind , the barrier was gone. The lesson in this is that many times we accept 

The Challenges and Rewards of Positive Change

''Seasons change and so do I...'' by Michael Corthell  ''If a life event doesn't challenge you, it didn't change you.'' We all go through life's changes — good and bad with mixed feelings. The quickest and best way to change your life is to change yourself. Trying to force others to change to suit yourself is not only wrong it is futile. Changing yourself isn’t always easy, especially when you don’t have a plan. But, change is absolutely necessary for our growth and development. Without change, we are guaranteed to stay the way we are, and doomed to repeat many of our past mistakes. So, first of all it is much better to be proactive about changing your life, rather than being forced in to it by someone or something outside your control. “Some people change their ways when they see the light; others when they feel the heat.” — Caroline Schoeder Looking at it simply, change doesn't seem like it should be all that diffic

[Change] transmute, transform, vary, mutate, amend, modify replace, or swap.

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” ― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein The world today was created by thought and can't be changed for the better without changing our thinking.

[Make Change] Count...

  Absolute Zero is the state of zero point energy -- a state of no molecular movement -- no change. Change looks pretty good from that perspective. “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ― Albert Einstein

Yes, you...

“I don't know what good it is to know so much  and be smart as whips and all if it doesn't make you happy.” ― J.D. Salinger Everyone seeks happiness in the world and there is ONE best way to find it ― by controlling your mind. Happiness doesn't depend on what's happening 'out there'. It depends on what's rattling around inside your head. We are all as happy as we can be if we WANT TO BE.  Be POSITIVE in thought and deed. “Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


We're all learners, all the time. It's just we're a different kind each day. We think, 'I'm not student today. I've learned my lesson. I was a learner yesterday but not this morning'. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a learner today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we're not perfect and live accordingly...don't you? “Yesterday is but a dream, Tomorrow is only a vision.  But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,  and every tomorrow a vision of hope.” ― Kālidāsa

Out with the Old

Healthcare must shift to a prevention model.  The focus must be on positive diet and lifestyle changes. Healthcare systems must adopt a more preventative health approach based on the developing science behind the health benefits of plant-rich, nutrient-dense diets( 100% whole food plant based diet ) plus other lifestyle changes such as regular exercise and limiting stress.  After the pandemic, consumers will be more aware of the importance of their underlying health, and will increasingly understand that healthier food is needed to help support their natural defenses. With a much deeper understanding of nutrition , the global food industry must change immediately by offering a plant-based range of product options to support optimal human health. The healthcare industry can respond to this by promoting disease prevention. And, by the way, a healthy plant-based diet is good for the planet's health as well.

How to Deal with Change

Seasons Change and So Do We by Michael Corthell Our first reaction to the unexpected change is usually quite negative. Feeling vulnerable and maybe even threatened, we can react badly.  In fact, we go through stages: Surprise (shock, wondering why this is happening to us.), Panic (how the changes will impact us and if we'll be able to handle them), and even Blame (we try to find safety and reassurance by shifting the blame to someone else). Bottom line ? We all need to know how to handle Change . ''Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.'' — Arnold Bennett What is the worst that can happen? Ask this question, then decide just how likely it is to happen. The next question is, ''How likely is it to happen?'' How much and what part of this change can you control? When change happens, figure out how if it's something you can control over, and just how much control you do ha

'Roll with It Baby'

''If a life event doesn't challenge you, it didn't change you.'' Adapting to Change The number one obstacle to positive changes is fear. Fear brought about moving out of our comfort zones. It boils down to the risk & reward equation. The greater the risk, the greater the reward. How about unexpected change? We need to prepare ahead of time. And the discipline to do that is the real challenge. It a lot like the necessity of home, auto and life insurance. The insurance of preparation for a changing and challenging life is the assurance that we will come out alright on the other side of any challenge to our comfy status quo. American is at a crossroads right now, undergoing a major existential crisis, however using the risk/reward formula we as a people can reap a fantastic reward by not only surviving it but from learning from it. What will that reward be (besides our continued freedom)?