Another Reflection.

Changing Times.

We always live in changing times, yet it seems that things are moving faster now than ever before. That may be because of my age, but I would rather think it is because of how our world is wired, through technology.

In a matter of seconds we can be watching what is happening on the other side of the world. It gives us a global community, putting the world on our doorstep.

This has a positive and negative aspect to it, like most everything.

The wise thing to do is focus on the positive. It doesn’t mean the negative will go away, but we are in some ways, more tuned to a more productive frame of mind and fear is not so prevalent. In this frame of mind things are not as bad as we think.

If we are tuned more to the negative aspects of things, fear is always prevalent. Fear has the capacity to incapacitate us, then things become actually worse then we thought.

Change can be reactive or responsive.

If we react, in most cases we will be against change that is taking place.

If we respond, it means we will take the time to reason out what is said or happening, weigh the facts and decide what can beneficially affect us.

Change is not all bad, neither is it all good. To adapt in a positive manner, it is necessary to consider the whole.

To be one hundred per cent against what someone said, means your mind is set. If that is the situation it is impossible to accept change and by the same token impossible to effect change.

To accept one hundred per cent what someone said, also means your mind is set. By the same token it is impossible to accept change or to effect change.

For me to be all things to all people and controlled by no one, has been and is my goal.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion as well as I am to mine. If all people respected the other persons opinion, it would be a different world.

That has been the thrust of this blog from day one and in some ways reflects the evolving of my journey over the past couple of years. My journey will not suffice for you.

The idea is a challenge for you to set out on your journey of discovery.

How You Can Respond To Our Changing Times.

Change is not an easy thing for anyone, regardless of what they say. It is so easy to continue along a familiar path.

Change is similar to breaking new ground, uncertainty and hard work.

The heading “how you can respond” is meaningful when you stop to think about the difference between respond and react, which was dealt with earlier in this post.

Responding means you will not necessarily reject or accept all of the change. It means you will reason it through and arrive at a balanced position that suits you and eliminates or reduces a significant amount of fear.

What will help in a response is knowing, to a degree, what you are up against.

One of my first jobs was working at a radio station. In preparing a major newscast, the news was always headed up with the most negative news (in other words “If it bleeds, it leads”) in the broadcast area, and graduated down from that point. Any good news was filler for the end of the news cast, if there was enough negative news, filler was not used. This was done to get and keep listeners. It kept the ratings up and gave the station the ability to increase advertising rates.

Have you noticed, if you are going east on the highway and there is an accident in the west lane, the east lane slows down. There is no accident in the east lane, but the interest in the west lane, grabs the attention of the east bound lane.

With those two examples, you can easily see what you are up against. We have a tendency to gravitate to the negative without even thinking about it.

To think positive we have to be conscious of our thinking, when our guard is down, the negative is back in control again.

If we gravitate to the negative, it becomes necessary to stop and think about what is been said and evaluate it.

If we react to what is said, we are controlled by it.

We noted that change is hard work, to respond to change you have to think and that is hard work.

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is why so few engage in it.” Henry Ford.

Here is a note of caution, the mind will not, because it cannot, reason anything. It either accepts or rejects what is said or read.

Every post in this blog points to one thing, the ability to actually know yourself. Responding to any situation is much easier because you will think it through.

Changing times will be more of an adventure centered around anticipation and new and exciting challenges.

That is much more exciting than fear and doubt.

Closing thought, the mind or the neurotransmitter flourishes on the negative, the soul or the neuromodulator opens you up to the positive and opportunities.

Stay safe and gravitate to the positive of our changing times.

Any comments or questions appreciated.

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This blog is journalistic in nature, it is a picture of the experiences that have shaped me over the course of my lifetime. It is a transparent look at myself and how it has been dealt with and what the outcome has been. My hope is that it may help you, because in the end it is strictly about YOU.

3 thoughts on “Another Reflection.”

  1. I enjoyed this post, Russ. So pertinent to what is happening today especially here in the US. I sent you an email a while back. I wonder if you received it. It was to tell you that you have inspired me to re-start my blog, I’ve posted 3 or 4 new posts about my life since divorce. I will probably write about what I learned from you on the Camino at some point. I’ll give you a heads up when I do.


    1. Hi Kay. Good to hear from you. I am going to check out your blog. It’s good you are writing as well. I have not been consistent, it’s more as things unfold for me. In one way or another each new day brings a revelation. By the way I didn’t get the e-mail.


      1. Hmm.. I wonder why you didn’t get the email? Oh, well, it’s good to hear from you. My posts are sporadic but more consistent than my last go at this. I have several ideas for posts but I try to not overload my readers with too long of a read. Let me know what you think when you’ve had a chance to read a post.


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