Change can be scary. The uncertainty inherent in change can make us want to dig in our heels and scream, "No way!" And yet the alternative to a life without change is stagnation.
Patricia Dingh at The Circle Project offers a great perspective on it.
If you want to kill imagination, it is an easy process of reduction. Simply hunker down, grab on to what you know, and make more rules. Then convince yourself that your dreams aren’t safe and that change will be deadly. Finally, press your imagination into the service of your fear. That always does the trick.
She uses the story of Sisyphus to illustrate the dangers of clinging to the safety of certainty, and the rewards of embracing the risk of the unknown. Read her post for the full picture, but here's her point in a nutshell.
Sisyphus’ story, when told in full, is a guide to the virtuous circle. It demonstrates an expansive way of being. He chose growth over stasis, change coming when he embraced the unknown and stepped towards difference, discomfort and uncertainty. He let go of win/lose thinking and entered into an infinite game where the goal isn’t to win, but to learn. He engaged with the gods, relinquished control, and entered a place he’d never been, knowing he would become something beyond his wildest imagining. Sisyphus lived and thrived as a king for many years after opening that padlock precisely because he walked into his discomfort and fear.
Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst (sm)
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