Speaking of Joy: Faith in Change

When we think about change, it often looks like this: it starts with tiny thoughts that transition into small choices that expand into significant decisions that blossom into really big things.

But that transformation is rarely easy.

A new marriage, a new career, a move to a new city - they all require courage and determination. 

But that’s not the most difficult part of change.   

To grow into something new, we often have to leave behind things we love – and that requires faith. 

I was reminded of this yesterday as Peyton Manning gave his retirement speech.  An injury as a Colt in Indy led to a curtain call career as a Bronco in Denver.  And now, after 18 years in the NFL, he said good-bye.   He left a life he loved for something totally unknown. 

That’s frightening, right?  It’s a leap of faith – sometimes we willingly jump and sometimes, we’re pushed. 

Regardless, when we face major changes in our life, it can be so easy to cling tightly to what we’ve always known.  It takes guts and grit to carve out new experiences.

But in those small moments of resolve, we often find very big things waiting for us.

I saw recently on Facebook that a high school friend was leaving her hometown, selling her house and moving several hours away.  She was willingly leaving all that she had known for over 50 years.

Why?  Well, she had a big thing waiting for her - grandchildren. 

She was setting aside a lifetime of certainty in exchange for a faithful desire to spend Saturday afternoons eating ice cream, watching little league and playing Monopoly.

It reminds me of a move my family made many years ago to Denver.

It was scary.  Moving to a city of strangers is stressful.  It was really far from family and friends.  And then there were the two little ones in the backseat hitching a ride.

But I had faith that my children would love the mountains as much as I did.  And that Denver would become our home for generations to come.   

That was 21 years ago and I don’t think anyone is going anywhere anytime soon.  For me, it’s quite a big thing from such a tiny beginning.

Until next week, I hope your life is full of joy, gratitude and many small beginnings,

linda

Linda Sterling Sease is a professional speaker, career coach & writer on the power of joy to transform companies, homes and communities.  To explore how Linda can work with your organization, call 303-319-5829 or email her at Linda at SterlingSease.com.