“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” meaning, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
It’s so true, as much as life marches on in change, somethings stay the same. You catch little glimpses of it in your routine. Daily habits, patterns, the comfort zones we re-create or fall into time and again. Some are as simple as the way we wave, some we are aware of and makes us happy, and some run far deeper and rule our lives even as we are blind to the subconscious manner in which we are driven or make those choices. Sometimes it is something cute, small and insignificant or perhaps it enhances our lives in some manner and brings us balance or joy! Other times it may be far greater and holds us back from developing into our fullest most actualized selves. In the end, only each individual can make that determination and the possible necessary change as we come to that recognition.
So often it gives us much to think about and provides us with decisions to make. So often, right in the very moment! Sometimes it feels disheartening and other times exactly what’s necessary. For me, I have always had two sayings, “At Spes Infracta (Yet my hope is unbroken)” and “Hope anchors the soul.” These have been powerful words to me over the years and have always been what keeps me both bouyant yet balanced and lifted while remaining level through all my hardships and trials…and changes. Because like all humans, I have had my share!
Turns out, I’ve always looked for signs, kindred people, and places to be the universe’s way of helping guide me in choices for some of life’s harder decisions. The anchor has become a deep symbol to me and one of the reasons I wear it around my neck. It’s a symbol so I don’t lose my own place of hope in this often chaotic world as I move forward, making my own decisions and changes in life.
Ironically, just this last year, a door opened that had previously been closed. Sometimes doors close and you think it’s for good and you accept it. You move along. It’s okay, that’s life. That had been my thought process, only as this previously closed door was slowly opening (again)…I kept thinking it was to prepare me for a progression of other doors to open and as they did, the door would close again. It was to my surprise that as these doors did open, the previous door didn’t close and in fact, it just swung even more open and forthright in an abundance of gratitude and love.
It has been said that the definition of insanity, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results! So no matter how great something starts, if you continually navigate the pieces and parts to constantly recreate the same broken patterns, it will eventually lead to the same broken results! Right? Yet we are human, we sometimes learn from our mistakes! We have “AHA” moments and take aways to apply to a new go around at life and how wonderful is that?!
So when our spirit speak to us about changing direction, making decisions or walking through open doors, we have to clear the peripheral chatter to hear the answers. We have to trust our anchors. It’s amazing how you may have to come a full circle in your personal quest only to realize where you started was really where you always belonged?
Like a very wise friend recently told me; “the cost of not following your heart, is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.” I think he read it somewhere, or maybe someone told it to him. I don’t know, only I do know he was speaking from his own experience and his recent decision to make an abrupt change in life so he could follow his heart‘s true path. I found it to be profound, very brave and applicable to much in life!
So at the end of the day, follow your heart, walk through open doors, avoid broken patterns, forge new ones, be bold, be grateful and full of accepting love and be where your soul is anchored! Focus on finding what makes you happy and make that your goal. The rest will fall in line. Don’t live a life that just happened and because it was convenient, you followed that path. Be brave! Truly build the life of your making!
Is your soul anchored somewhere your body is not or vice versa? If you find yourself saying yes…go make that life for yourself and certainly don’t spend the rest of your life wishing you had!
…and as always,Go in love,