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Make The Most of Change

Updated on September 18, 2012

Keep your feet on shifting ground.

As we live these interesting times, it's important to watch what we read, think and do.

For our thoughts and deeds greatly impact our business and personal affairs.

Don't believe me? Read this true tale!

A change for the better.

For ten years I've walked my dogs on the same river trail without injury.

Today I saw a new sign: UNEVEN GROUND.

I travelled on, studying the ground and thinking, 'I've never considered this uneven, or guarded my step to suit'.

Then I fell over.

Was it coincidence? Did the earth move? Was the sign evil? Or did my thoughts affect my fate?

As the pain receded, I walked towards a huge storm front (I'm not making this up). I passed the farmer's market, then an old man tending parched seedlings.

A downpour would mean loss for the first group and life for the second. The rain itself would be neutral.

I worried that a storm would ruin my neighbour's house auction. But I didn't turn back, as I like rain on my face. The dogs were rapt.

We did our normal walk, as fat drops plinked the dust.

On the way home, I composed this post in my head. I dwelt on the concept of bad thoughts causing bad results.

Then, while vaulting the crash barrier between park and road, I smashed my knee.

Limping along the steel pedestrian overpass, I started to worry about lightning, but thought better of it.

The rain got earnest as we got home. At auction time, the storm erupted.

Rather than watch the auction, I started writing. Soon a gaggle of umbrellas scuttled past. I hailed one, to learn the house had been passed in, with no bid, at 75 percent of its stated price.

Yet this was supposed to be a hotly contested sector! Had I 'mozzed' the auction by worrying about the storm?

I believe the links between my thoughts and today's events reinforce the teachings of Wallace D. Wattles, Napoleon Hill, Eckhart Tolle, The Secret (and permutations thereof) and Sarah Connor.

In short, there's no fate but that we make.

As some rejoice that we've found a name for this interesting time: The Great Recession, I'm focussing on positive change.

My Great Talent is writing job ads for newspapers. Well, there are few jobs, and fewer ads, in thinner papers. Why do you think I'm blogging?

Are you crying that the wheels have fallen off? Or are you busy switching tyres?

If change seems hard, see Seth Godin's excellent thought starters below.

Your future could be easier (and more fun) than you think.

What do YOU think?

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Many thanks, Margo. For reading and commenting. :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Thoughtful

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @anonymous: You got THAT right, Tipi! Thank you for sharing your ... thoughts! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The mind is a wonderful thing. I'm reminded of several circumstances by this tail. The thing is that ... sometimes thoughts cross my mind, and I don't even think that (then I wonder where that came from).

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: I'm delighted we're on the same page, Darcie. Thank you for yet another kind comment. :)

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      What we hold in mind sure tends to manifest- can think of many such signs that bring forth exactly the warning they describe.

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: I'm VERY happy to hear that. Thank you for chiming in! :)

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      I agree we need to edit out thoughts and stay positive.

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: Thanks very much for your visit and recommendation. I greatly appreciate it! :)

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your story! There is a book I've really enjoyed a lot called, "How To Master Change In Your Life." It's along a similar line as the message in your story.

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      @moonlitta: I agree with you there! Thank you for tabling your valuable view. :)

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      moonlitta 7 years ago

      Yes, change happens... but it's much better when you bring the change. The best subject for writing to me.

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: I'm so pleased you agree, and that you saw fit to say so. Thank you for your kind comment! :)

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      spritequeen lm 7 years ago

      Absolutely agree! Squidoo needs a TWO Thumbs Up button! :-)

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I believe our thoughts and deeds can impact us, and change is inevitable in everything we do. As you say, it's how we make the most of it that matters in the long run. I enjoyed YOUR thoughts! :)

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      @spritequeen lm: Now you're spoiling me. Thank you x 2! :) :)

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      @Tarra99: Thank you kindly, alteredkat! That is very encouraging. I greatly appreciate your support. :)

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      I agree 110%! Well done Paul! Thumbs up!