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Change is inevitable, but difficult

Change is inevitable, but difficult
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Abid Hussain Rather
The avouchment acclaimed by motivational personalities that their speeches, books or videos can bring changes in your life might be true but the zealousness and propulsion in their acclamation are exaggerations rather than truth. Substantially, the reality is that such things are not often possible in our life.
Naturally, it is human nature that human beings are basically afraid of changes and they always prefer to live in their comfort zones. Our body works like a machine, which needs rest after a specific period of time. Change in human beings is determined by their way of thinking and their intelligence.
Change depends on various parameters like the way we think, how we analyze the situations and our reaction to them etc. To change oneself, a person can’t change his way of thinking in a blink of an eye but it needs a plenty of time. As ice needs a particular temperature and enough time along with a suitable environment to change into water, similarly a person needs specific time, apt environment and a precise strategy to change his life style and his way of thinking.
We should never forget that change is a difficult, severe and painful process and it may sometimes lead to mental depression; so nobody wants to go through this process easily. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly has said that nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change. This process can’t occur due to some force, pressure or avidity. The first and foremost requirement for a change is freedom of mind and enthusiasm in heart; otherwise you can’t forcibly bring a change in somebody.
Change is a natural process and in-fact it is inevitable. The reality of life is nothing but a course of continuous changes, so we should readily accept changes in our life. From our birth to death we see that both time and situations change continuously and nobody has control over them.
We can’t deny the fact that change is also a beautiful process and those people who pass through this process willingly are least affected by this process, otherwise change has to occur whether we are ready for it or not and it will remain continue as long as we are alive and even after our death.
There are almost 98% people in the world that can’t change anything except changing themselves and only 2% people in the world have amenability to change the world. The astonishing reality is that the 98% people who can’t change anything except changing themselves are trying to change the world except changing themselves. Leo Tolstoy has rightly said that everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
We often forget that the real change is the change that we bring in ourselves. Moulana Rumi has beautifully said that yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world; today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
We can live happily if we are ready to change our thoughts, ways of living, attitude, habits, behavior and expectations in a positive way. It is impossible to live a salubrious life without bringing changes in ourselves.
Little and small changes are essentially for peace and happiness in our life. According to Albert Einstein, the measure of intelligence is the ability to change; if you are not changing, you are not growing.
Einstein further says that the world as we have created it is the process of our thinking, it can’t be changed without changing our thinking. Change is essential for the survival of human beings and their societies.
Only those nations in the world progress who change and adapt themselves to new techniques and trends and those who remain stand still vanish in the corridors of time. I am concluding my article with the famous saying of Friedrich Nietzsche, “The snake which can not cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”
(The author is a columnist and teaches Geography at GDC, Kulgam. He can be reached at [email protected])

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