Change is hard
At times we all struggle with who we are, but this struggle is particularly acute when faced with a new opportunity. It is all too easy to stay in the known, no matter how miserable the known is. Women sometimes stay in abusive relationships. People struggle with unhealthy habits. Many stick with the status quo.
Relationally it is sometimes easier to just be alone than think of what might happen if we choose vulnerability and let others in our space. Is it worth leaving our comfortable misery? Can I live without my shield of bitterness? How can I forgive? Is it safe to trust anyone?
It takes a lot of effort to become someone new, and sometimes the effort is worth it. It is worth letting go of the bricks that are weigh you down and choose a new path.
Change is easier among friends
To move forward on your path also means the choice of community in a world where many choose to be alone. Some people are alone because they think they don’t have a choice. Others might say they aren’t a people person. Some people feel alone in a crowd. If we can grasp that we do need other people and that we rely on them whether we realize it or not then we can find the balance we need to actually be a healthy functioning person.
Other people create the clothes we wear, the food we often eat, that tv we watch. The very screen you are reading this off of right now was put into place by someone else and came across a multitude of hands to be able to get into yours. If you can recognize the need for beneficial interactions with others is allow yourself the opportunity to open doors, pursue opportunities, accept constructive criticism and reevaluate who you are, you can transform into who you want to be.
I am a part of the change
Whether hoping to not be alone anymore or just discovering they didn’t have to be alone, all the participants of Pathways have made friends. When you realize you don’t have to be alone and that there are people who will not only help you shed your bricks to build your path but also be there to help reestablish what is left of yourself…..that is called hope. So the answer to the question, is it possible to let go of all you’ve been and become someone new?
Yes…if you have hope.
And that is why I gave to the Pathways program. It is my opportunity to give hope for others to discover the strength and build pathways. Together we can help unfold the future for generations to come as we give hope and create new pathways.
Give hope? Yes please, I’ll take it!