Poems & Poets, Random Thoughts

On Change – Supporting Quotes from Shaw, Longfellow, and St. Augustine

So far, 2011 has brought plenty of change, both for myself and for those close to me.  Changes in families, jobs, and locations already and it’s still only March.  Some people prompted the change, some had no choice.

Many people embrace change whole-heartedly; some welcome it while others actively seek it out.  Some are scared of change and put it off even though they are fairly certain that they would be happier afterwards.  For others though, they struggle against change with every ounce of their being.

Personally, I used to be one who hated change but, due to several life circumstances, have learned to adapt.  I’m a much happier person because of it.  Below are three quotes from a couple of well-known figures.  Regardless of the time period, great minds from any generation realized that change is inevitable.  We can only decide how we respond to it.

If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are.  For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained.  Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.  ~Saint Augustine

Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
Tomorrow be today.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me.  The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.  ~George Bernard Shaw

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A little random, oftentimes heady, totally looking for purpose. I'm moved by topics across the board, sometimes focusing on reading classic literature or more recent philosophy; sometimes given to less productive impulses. In order to stay active, I've also just joined the Yahoo Contributor Network.


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