Photo Credit: my wonderfully and multi talented daughter took the picture of this flowering tree. All other photos were taken by my hubby and me
The pre-Socrates philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus said “change is the only constant in life”.
I can see how true that is right now with all the changes we are seeing. Around here, we are noticing all the changes with the signs of spring moving it’s way back in to our lives. It feels as if it has been a long winter in all of the United States and I suspect spring has been a welcome sight to many. I know it has been for us. We are seeing so many signs that the Earth is coming alive again and blessing us with all it’s beautiful colors, sights and sounds, smells and tastes. On one of our main roads near where we live, the cotton fields are bursting with white cotton coming from the plants and in a nearby town, the tulip farm is expressing it’s joy for warmer weather with rows and rows of beautiful colors of tulips. The grass and the trees are all green again too. I still have yet to see our first hummingbird of the season but I am sure they will be coming soon.
The changes in the Earth and the animals aren’t the only changes we are seeing this spring. Our’s is now officially an ’empty nest’. Our youngest will now have a new home on his own near where he will be studying for his doctorate for the next four years. These are exciting times for our children and equally exciting yet a little sad for us as we are a very family centered group here. 🙂 Yet, these are exciting times for us too. Change is occurring here and it is all mostly good changes. I am finding it is best to embrace all the changes and just ‘go with it’ and enjoy the ride wherever it may take us. It keeps life exciting and fresh.
One thing I want to remain constant in my life…our lives…are the people we have in it. I think people are the most important part of all of our lives. When we stand by each other and encourage and support each other in our endeavors and enjoy all that is special in each of us…I believe we are living to the fullest.
Being a highly sensitive person (HSP) and an empath, I have noticed more changes lately that I am not particularly happy with. These are the changes that I am seeing in our world. We are losing the value that we place on each other and opting for a more sterile relationship. I am seeing this through the use of social media, through the use of the news spreading negativity and meanness but I am mostly seeing it in a much less obvious way with the use of technology where we are replacing people with machines. In an effort to stay more connected, we are actually disconnecting with each other. Just think, you can step into a car these days and be driven around by someone who is not physically sitting in the drivers seat. You can go to the grocery store and not interact with anyone except a machine at checkout. We are moving more and more away from human interaction through customer service and it is a disheartening change and trend.
There is another example I saw of this yesterday when I had to go inside at my bank to pick up something for my son. I hadn’t been in there in over a year. When I walked in, I immediately noticed it. Aside from the manager coming to the door to open it for me (they can now see one of my disabilities), the environment was sterile…not welcoming like I am used to. When I walked in, it was obvious that it was not a friendly environment. I tend to ‘take in a room’ as soon as I enter it and in this one I found two over-sized ATM looking machines right in the middle of the lobby. Gone were the original tables and chairs with smiling, friendly people sitting behind them that a year ago had changed into standing desks where you would walk up and stand and talk with a person while doing your banking. Gone were the coffee bar and the popcorn stand with bags of popcorn. All that was left in their place were these two big machines and two glassed in offices and only two employees…the manager and a bank representative. The manager seemed stressed and the rep seemed quite depressed and no matter how hard I tried to strike up a conversation with her, she barely looked at me or spoke to me. It took me a few minutes when I got back to the car to pull back from the sad emotions that I felt when I entered the bank.
And, so, I am writing this today more as a plea than anything else. No matter where we go, can we all try to spread some sunshine in the lives of everyone we meet? Can we show each person the value they hold simply by being themselves? Can we be of service to others even if we aren’t in the service industry? And, most of all, can we all hold on to that feeling we get when we interact with another person and can we work our hardest to try not to replace people with machines and with things?
PEOPLE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT part of our world. Let’s not change that!
Some things are better left unchanged. Let’s not change our need for others. Let’s not eliminate the need for people in our lives simply in the name of progress and because we are in the age of technology. And, mostly, let’s remember that PEOPLE are what makes life so great!
I hope each of you have a wonderful rest of your Tuesday! Happy Tuesday everyone ❤