Change is like a slinky

I don’t know who wrote this.  I found it in one of my preaching files from years ago. But I like it a lot and wanted to share it with you. It can make you smile or cry, depending on how you’re feeling about the changes in your life. I hope it will make you smile.

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Why Change Is Like a Slinky:

  1. You have to take it out of the box to have fun with it.
  2. It comes in many styles and colors.
  3. Somebody has to launch it on its way.
  4. The course it takes once it begins is entirely unpredictable.
  5. It routinely gets stuck halfway down the stairs and has to be relaunched. Repeat as necessary.
  6. It is messy, noisy, and chaotic.
  7. Before it is launched, it has stored potential energy. When launched, that energy force becomes kinetic energy.
  8. You really don’t control it once it begins its journey.
  9. It rarely lands where you predict.

May I suggest, if change is coming, and if it isn’t absolutely devastating to you, try starting with number 1. Try to have fun with it.  There are changes that are upsetting but not destroying of all happiness. Instead of hunkering down against it, play with it. It can turn into a good thing if embraced with the right attitude.  Does your church want to paint the front door red instead of white? Don’t stress out over it.  Think of it as the color of Holy Spirit, of positive energy, of a new vibrant invitation to come in.  If your child comes home with a tattoo, try not to rant but to see it as body art (which is probably how your kid sees it), and be glad it makes him or her happy (but save some money for the day s/he comes to you and wants to have it removed).  Do you have to downsize your living, move to a new town, find a new job? Consider it a chance to explore a new life, make new friends, discover new talents rather than the loss of an old familiar life however happy you’ve been in it.

I know that change is disorienting for most of us, the farthest thing we can think of  as something to be sought. But life will be much more peaceful if we can find a way to make peace with change.  My own experience is that changes I resisted for a long time have often turned out to lead me into better things, surprising me and bringing me to something new and good.

I hope whatever changes you are dealing with today will lead you to a good place, but if not, may you find the support and strength you need for the walk that lies ahead. May blessings and peace be yours no matter what comes!

Author: Linda Robinson

Writer, Christian contemplative, concerned citizen.