Change frequently comes following an expression of sincere desire and urgency. There is a realization that the status quo is no longer acceptable, that there must be a change. The existing patterns and circumstances are causing pain and there seems to be no prospects for things to get better. Wendy Watson Nelson recently described this state as “anguishing desperation.” Sometimes people need to reach rock bottom. In one case, it had to happen twice.
Real change requires both the mind and the heart, but starts with the heart. It is a time to learn to trust and act on the impressions and whispers of the heart, even though they may seem illogical to the mind which is stuck in well-worn ruts.
Finally, there is the important element of not looking back. Remembering Lot’s wife can help them understand the value of sticking it out until new habits are formed.
We salute the pioneers who have exemplified incredible courage and have given up so much to become better. Our lives have been forever changed because they were willing to change.