Change–The Scary Word

By on December 19, 2016

When I was a sophomore in high school, my physics teacher threw a ball against the wall and asked us, “How many states of motion do you see?”

Confidently, I said, “Two, sir!”

He answered, “Nope, that’s wrong.”

What? I was a little embarrassed but more than that, curious, because as a typical teenager, I like to be right.

“You sure “bout that?” I cringed.

“Yep,” he responded. “There is a third motion. Most people only see two motions—when something moves forward and when it moves back. But being a student of science, you need to see beyond what most people see.”

“The third motion,” he continued, “is when the ball stopped in mid-air when it hit the wall.”

Yes, stopped!

In order to CHANGE direction, the ball first had to …STOP

STOP going in the wrong direction

STOP to change direction

STOP is the FIRST THING we need to do in order to change!

I’m sure there are things about yourself that you don’t like. So you change them, right? Well, not exactly. It’s more likely that you keep on doing them, even though you say you’d like to change them. We often hear the old adage, “A leopard can’t change his spots.” true? Is it that people can’t change?

No, people can change.

But you just can’t snap your fingers and say goodbye to well-established patterns, even when those patterns result in bad consequences. Sure, you wish it could be easier. You may be impatient with yourself, giving yourself a good talking to, saying, “Just stop it, damn it!”

Though it’s true that “you are who you are” and that your personality structure “is what it is,” it’s not true that you can’t modify, alter, or tweak many aspects of how you behave.

So, how do you change?

It’s a process that begins with being aware. This may seem obvious, but it’s not.

We at Feet Food and Attitude will walk beside you to guide and help you make the changes you have only dreamed of to give you the healthy life you deserve.

Stay tuned.


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