How Do You Handle Change?

By Aug 13, 201430 Comments

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It matters not who you are, or even where you are in life, one thing is for sure…change is coming for us all. How do you handle it? Change is a good thing, right? It depends on how you look at it, and how you approach the situation.


How Do You Handle Change?

Make no bones about it, change brings stress. It. Just. Does. It doesn’t really matter what the change consist of. It could be a joyful occasion like adding a new member to your family. Babies are an exciting part of life. I loved welcoming new additions to our home, but it was hard. There are always a lot of demands in a new situation, and bringing a baby home is definitely one of the most joyful, demanding, stressful, beautiful events life has to offer.

And then there is loss. Loss of any kind brings a stress all its own. Loss is a special change, a difficult change that happens to us all at some point. This is the type of change I wish we could avoid, and yet I don’t. Change means you are alive.

I have had the opportunity to experience many different types of changes throughout my life. I didn’t always count them as an opportunity, however. It is only recently that I see change as a change for growth and something to be embraced.

I am currently going through what is proving to be one of the most difficult seasons of my life, which, of course, involves change. Almost more change than I can handle. But handle it I will because to do anything less would be to miss the experience.

Life is a journey. Change is what makes it so.

There are changes we plan for and changes we don’t. Changes we welcome with open arms and changes we would rather avoid with every fiber of our beings. But change, no matter what it is, is as much a part of life as breathing.

There seems to be two schools of thought on the subject of change: you can fight it tooth and nail, or go with the flow, glean the tidbits of knowledge that change brings, and allow it to sculpt you into the person you desire to be.

Change is going to happen. You can take that to the bank. It has been my experience that no matter what the situation is, embracing whatever comes our way, helps to make it count, especially if you share the lessons learned with those who are facing the same situation as you. This adds value to the pain you have experienced and makes it worthwhile.

I’m not sure where you are with this whole change thing. I hope you are in a positive place in your life where the changes that are happening are bringing forth beauty and light. If you’re not, however, and you find yourself in a darker place than you want to be, look to the end because that is the place you are headed. Keep your focus there.

Change is hard, no doubt about it. If you are brave enough to embrace it, you will be in a better place when the dust settles, which leaves you in a better place for the next change that comes your way.

You can take that to the bank as well. Because change is coming.

How do you respond to change?

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Laurie has been a wife for too many years to count. She is the mother of three mostly grown children. Her last year as a homeschooling mom will come to an end in 2014. Life is changing for this entrepreneur turned blogger and author of her first E-book. She often feels like the odd man out in the blogging world because she is in her fifties, but her love of social media and writing keeps her hanging in and always learning. You can find Laurie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog, Beyond My Blue Door, where she writes about life and the many lessons learned along the way. Oh, and she can hardly wait to become a grandma!


  • cheryl says:

    I jump in with both feet. Had to. Still have to and choose to. Once you let go of control (you really have none) and just go with the flow and set up challenges for yourself then everything comes naturally and easier. 39 yrs of teaching special needs in pubic schools, 3rd marriage (my choices for change), training for 120th triathlon and headed out to mountain bike in the rain/puddles this a.m. Embrace the challenges and then the word “change” will be just that. Merely a word.

  • Foram says:

    I love this post! I was thinking about how bad I am at adapting to change and had a really hard time conveying that in a blog post, but this post was exactly everything I was thinking. Thanks for that!

    • Laurie says:

      I love when that happens! I love to find the exact way I’m feeling while reading others posts. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mari says:

    Love the share I use to not like change now I take deep breath and let it go. Change must come so we can grow so I embrace it more than fight it 🙂

  • Ali says:

    I went through a lot of change last year – new marriage, new city and new job. It was much harder than I anticipated for a few months but I am so thankful for all the change now.

    • Laurie says:

      That’s a lot of new! Glad you have adjusted so well. Change usually brings some good things with it if you look hard enough or wait long enough.

  • Gary Kerr says:

    This is such a very helpful and informative post.Change is always coming and is part of human begin.A very motivating article and I agree with all the points.Thanks for giving your suggestions on how to handle with change in life without adding undue stress.

  • Shobahan says:

    Last year I spent at Sikkim, India and I try to adjust with new environment. It take over 2 weeks to be adjusted here. So, I always take tome to adjust with new environment.

  • In a new environment to have enough time to be able to adapt

  • I wait it out in many different states of passion. 🙂 But I wait it out until I adjust 🙂

  • I try to respond in a positive way. There is always something to be learned from a change.

  • Jazmine says:

    It takes me a while to adapt to change depending how drastic it is and how it effects my life. If small little changes then I am fine, if it’s bigger ones that effect more aspects in my life then not always. I try though. Thank you for the inspirational post.

  • I don’t respond very well at first, but God always meets me in the struggle. So nice to see you posting here on SITS Girls!

  • I pray through it and remember that even if things are out of my own hands. God has it covered.
    Linda Finn

  • I can definitely appreciate change. It isn’t always easy and the thing I struggle with is accepting the outcomes and aftermath of what comes after “the change.” I’m always excited for something new but it’s realizing what I’ve lost after I’ve moved on is what can be hard.

  • Laurie says:

    No pain, no gain they say. I think I’ve had enough gain to last a lifetime. 🙂 You are so right, it does bring opportunities to learn and grow!

  • Glenda says:

    Honestly, I do not respond well to change. This is something I need to improve on.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I agree. I have been going through some changes lately and it is painful! I am fighting against it, but I know (through experience) that change is good. It brings opportunities to learn and grow, and I can do it! Thanks for a great post! Following! 🙂