Who was it again that said: “ there is nothing permanent except change”?
Well, that was Heraclitus of Ephesus (Ἡράκλειτος, Herakleitos; c. 535 BC – 475 BC) who was a Greek philosopher, known for his doctrine of change being central to the universe.
The last changes that really have a big impact on my life happened fast and took place only last week.
I became co-owner and board member of Leadership Solutions Europe Sarl and am building my portfolio in Luxembourg rather than in Belgium and my husband found in half a week a job with a company in Luxembourg, where he had to start this week already with a project in Brussels, that will keep him there during the week for next couple of months.
These are the kind of changes that may keep me awake at night, as I am not sure where these changes may lead to and how to manage my expectations. But these are the types of changes brought on by ourselves.
What about changes beyond your control?
My changes are nothing compared to the changes a good friend was going through in exactly that same week.
He was called at work last week that his daughter was in hospital and that he better came down as well.
She had gone to the hospital with a serious health complaint and during the preliminary investigations, they found there was something really wrong and from the description of the complaints, the word “cancer” came up.
Tests were taken on Monday and they had to wait till Friday before the results were in.
This family is strong. They prepared for the worst and the best and have read all they could on internet about diagnoses, possibilities and treatments. Although they feared it might be Hodgkin, they also found out that treatment is possible.
By the time the “verdict” came in, they actually were relieved.
His daughter, in her early twenties, was indeed diagnosed with Hodgkin in one of her lungs and has to start treatment as soon as possible.
Now at least they know what it is and that means that they can make a plan. They are optimistic and full of energy to deal with this situation and to make the best of it.
I admire them greatly. A remarkable case of “accepting change and managing expectations”.
This blog post is dedicated to all of you who deal with change and are able to manage your expectations in such a way that you embrace hope and love and live life to the fullest.
Do you know of remarkable people, who deal with change admirably? Share your stories with us and give love and hope to who might need it.
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