Embracing Change By Elaine Meyer

Affirmation: My life is enlivened and enriched by a new perspective.


“When you know that you are Spirit, you are not afraid, for you know that nothing can hurt or harm or destroy the indestructible Spirit in you.”—Martha Smock

After resigning recently from the organization where I had spent more than 30 years, the hours seemed to zip by with my last day looming large on the horizon.

The trepidation of releasing a steady paycheck nagged at me to the point that I wasn’t able to relax or even reflect on the cherished memories I would forever hold close.

Then I had an epiphany. Rather than viewing the last day as the horizon, I should change my vantage point to look beyond this life change.

As Eric Butterworth stated (I’m paraphrasing here), “Change your thinking; change your life.”

My view of the horizon now includes visions of spending more time with my granddaughter, Finley, creating numerous quilts, knitting gifts for loved ones, and practicing my culinary skills. As Marianne Williamson once said, “Let go of your story so the Universe can write a new one for you.”

How to Navigate the Great Unknown

Rarely does complaining about change make it stop or make it happen. Change is simply part of life.

If the event is positive, then embracing it with open arms is easy enough to do. Should the change be a significant and unexpected life event—the death of a loved one, being released from a job, a health challenge—finding peace with the change may take time.

So how do you embrace change rather than be fearful of the unknown? Try the following suggestions to help you navigate the major changes in life:

  • Have faith. Rest into your faith and remain there—centered in the presence of God.
  • Look toward tomorrow. Know and affirm with conviction that better days are ahead. If worry or sorrow persist, acknowledge that this is the human side of your current journey.
  • Remember that you are not alone. If feelings of restlessness steal your peace of mind, turn within for comfort and reassurance by connecting with the one presence and power.
  • Think differently. Consider the situation from a higher, spiritual viewpoint and look for any hope or positivity from this new perspective.
  • Get by with a little help from a friend. Seek the company of others if you find yourself depressed or despondent. Friends help each other—whether it’s through church, community groups, or your prayer partners in Silent Unity®.

What It Means to “Let Go, Let God”

As difficult as it may feel to let go of the familiar and to embrace change, remind yourself that you are a spiritual being, living a human existence, capable of resiliency. Learn to embrace change while resisting the fear.

I leave you with these inspirational words from a Daily Word article by life coach and Unity minister Carla McClellan:

Be willing to say “yes” to what is—even those situations that are causing you discomfort.

When you say “yes,” you are accepting the facts of the situation, but not its power over you. Acceptance opens us up to the field of possibilities, and we see there are many choices before us.

Dag Hammarskjöld, former head of the United Nations, once said, “To everything that has been, I say, ‘Thank you.’ To everything before me, I say, ‘Yes!’” Yes changes the energy in our body, and our courageous heart opens up to expressing something creative and different.

Through willingness, self-reflection, observation, and acceptance, we are able to take authentic action and live lives filled with meaning, courage, and possibilities.