I have not had the space to think about writing this week and that is a bummer. What is on my mind is how we deal with change. Change happens frequently in life and sometimes the frustration of small changes can create havoc. Today I made the official switch to the new "Timeline" on facebook. Not a change I am thrilled with and it is difficult to find my way around the front page. People are threatening to quit facebook over this change and that fascinates me. I wonder what created the need to change the format? After a few weeks it will become familiar and it seems that I will use it without worrying about the former facebook reality. For now I will accept my learning and the frustration that goes with it. Part of the frustration with change is when it is imposed or I am suspicious of its origin or implementation.
The discomfort of change is ever-present. We are more tuned into it when it affects us, or someone/something that we care about (just going for the obvious on that one). As I am reflecting on these discomforts I wonder if I am just as frustrated over the long-term environmental concerns of our world as I am with that which is immediate. It is so much easier to disconnect from the realities of distance and longevity, you know the big picture items. Part of my work these years is to become more aware and sensitive to the needs of others and our planet. If I were to get as upset about life and environment as I do about things like facebook my guess is that I would be living off the grid in the near future (although I am not sure that is really possible). I think of this and then wonder if it could happen, most days I dread the length of time it takes to make dinner (I removed the microwave from my apartment nearly two years ago and things take longer now). Maybe this week will provide space to spend some time reflecting on the role of change in my life.