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Another great post! It's a topic everyone can relate to. Like many others, I like to be the one to initiate the changes in my life. I guess it's because I want to feel in control over what's going to happen. My hubby really is a "go with the flow" type of person. I don't know how he does it. I'm working on being more like that.

Anita - Thanks! :) I agree; I definitely like to initiate changes and I hate when they happen to me when I least expect them. I have a few friends that are very "go with the flow" which is SO not me, but I'm trying to be more like that.

This is a very helpful post...I loved the suggestions about change. My favorite...and the one I always need to work on...is about letting go of control.

One thing I do when I'm feeling resistant to change is think of myself as a tree. I let the wind, rain and seasons change me, but I remember I have roots to sustain me and keep me centered.

Thanks for a great post:~)

Hi Positively Present .. I love your posts they're full to bursting .. and so informative.

In general I think change is good .. what is not good about change is when it's done for the sake of it .. ie someone's taken over a job and has to reinvent the wheel .. drives me nutty! Also so often if there's a change - the next person hasn't a clue what's going on .. they don't ask, they don't understand the reasoning behind the previous decision ..

I try and absorb each change as I go along .. most don't make much difference .. but some drive me bananas!! Still that's life .. just get on with it!!

All the best
Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Sara - I'm in the same boat you are. I have a really difficult time letting go and just accepting that I cannot control some things. Great analogy about the tree. I love it. And, of course, you're welcome! :)

Hilary - Thank you! "Just get on with it" is such a good, and true, saying. When there's nothing we can do, we have to keep moving forward.

Oh yes! Anticipate change and remain calm...I need to remember that! Great post.

Caroline - Always easier said than done of course, especially if the change comes out of nowhere. If that happens, it's hard to anticipate it and it's definitely harder to keep calm, but, as I'm sure you agree with, it never helps to panic! Thanks for stopping by! :)

As a control freak, the suggestion of letting go of the control hits home. It is hard! In our life, we have gone through many changes and been a part of many changes in situations. I used to panic, but now my family calls change "adventure". We set ourselves up to win in all circumstances. Instead of looking at the bad and what we might be losing, we are always looking at the positive. Having kids really helped me with this. I can't let the little ones see Mommy in a panic!

Love your blog! Thanks for finding me!

Marci - I'm a pretty big control freak too so it's really hard for me to deal with change that hasn't been put in place by me. That's great that you use the term "adventure" and try to focus on the positive. I love that! And your blog is great too. I'm glad I came across it.

Love your blog, its really a refreshing read! Keep up the inspiring work :)

Sarah - Thanks for coming by! I'm so glad you like it and thanks for your encouragement. :)


good to know you're in the southern hemisphere too :)

spring time = glory times :P

awwwsome tips... and if all else fails, just stop trying to control what's going on. god - whatever it is - doesn't need your help :)

hope all'sgood

Alex - I'm glad you enjoyed the tips! Great point about getting rid of the desire to control what's happening. I really believe that things happen as they are supposed to and my perfectionist tendencies never make life any easier!

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