Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The More Things Change...

For those who are interested (both of you), the epigram by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr translates loosely as "the more things change, the more they stay the same." I'm not going to argue the original French, or the provenance of the quotation, but simply say that it's flitted across my mind several times in the recent past.

I still remember the first big change in my life. It was when "my pastor," the man whom I'd heard preaching regularly for years, accepted a "call" from our church to another. I couldn't believe my ears. Surely this man had made a mistake. I thought I'd spend the rest of my life hearing Brother Dearing preach, but he was about to leave. I even talked with him, and heard him use such phrases as "God's will." Of course, I eventually accepted his moving on, just as I accepted other changes, some even more significant, in the forthcoming years.

 Things change. Recently, my golf partner moved to a retirement home, and because of weather, advancing age, and several other factors, we've had to put our regular golf games on hold. Maybe we'll resume them, maybe they won't. But I've learned that change is inevitable, and have learned to accept it and make the best of the circumstances.

Since the pandemic began, I've written "at" another book, and I'm about half-way through it. Maybe I'll get it finished, perhaps not. But I'll either persist and get it written, or I won't. Either way, I'll accept the change. Because change will occur, whether we want it to or not. 

How about you? Have you seen any changes in your life? How have you handled them? I'd like to know.

4 comments:

Patricia Bradley said...

Changes. They are inevitable. This from a person who hates change. lol
The world is like Walmart--making changes just for the heck of it. Every time I go into that blasted store, they've rearranged everything.
I leave wondering if I'd prayed for patience lately...

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, I thought perhaps my wife was the only person who seemed to encounter changes with every trip to WalMart. Yes, despite my dislike for changes, they keep occurring--even in publishing.

Priscilla Bettis said...

So funny, I went to Walmart yesterday to treat myself for finishing some errands, and COULDN'T FIND THE CHOCOLATE! Argh. (Yes, I eventually found it, but I was about to panic.)

I don't like change, but I purposely try to embrace some changes (started a blog, changed to a healthier diet, quit an expensive exercise routine for a cheap out-the-door jog, etc.).

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, you couldn't find chocolate--just a perfect metaphor for how change affects us all. But hang in there (and glad you finally found it).