Change is difficult for most of us. How convenient it had been to simply pick up the receiver and tell the operator who we wanted to “ring up.” We remember fondly watching the reruns of Andy picking up the receiver and saying, “Sara, would you ring over at Floyd’s Barber Shop?” I can only imagine the resistance when the new rotary phone replaced what had been so comfortable and so familiar.
Looking back allows us to look forward. What practices do we cling to because they are familiar, yet years from now, people can hardly believe how we resisted the change?
In a wonderful book entitled Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers, author Debbie Silver included the following quote that so eloquently goes to the heart of why change is so difficult:
It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear . . . . It’s like being between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s nothing to hold on to.
—Marilyn Ferguson in The Aquarian Conspiracy
It’s a reminder of one of my favorite quotes:
When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and you are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.
As a new year approaches for us all, change is a given. There will be those times when you feel you are between trapezes. There will be those times when you feel you about to step off into the darkness. In no time, you have learned to fly!